Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, has signed a deal with Apple TV+ that will see her produce dramas and documentaries focusing on women and children.
The multi-year partnership would “draw on her ability to inspire people around the world,” the company said in a statement on Monday. Yousafzai was quoted as saying, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to support women, young people, writers, and artists in reflecting the world as they see it.”
She felt the wrath of the Taliban as a 10-year-old in rural north-western Pakistan, when she began campaigning for girls’ education rights. At the time, the Pakistani Taliban had gained a significant foothold in the Swat Valley and had banned education for girls and employment for women. She drew international attention with a series of blogs and articles she wrote under a pen name for the BBC about everyday life and hopes for a better future, but her fame incensed the Taliban, whose leadership ordered her murder, reports Al Jazeera.
In October 2012, a Taliban assassin shot Yousafzai, then 15 years old, in a school van. The bullet struck near her left eye, went through her neck and lodged in her shoulder. She recovered after months of treatment at home and abroad before co-writing a bestselling memoir titled, ‘I am Malala,’ which drew even more international attention.
Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize when she was 17-year-old in 2014. Following this award, Apple produced a documentary about Malala in 2015, and teamed up with her Malala Fund in 2018 to promote secondary education for girls across the globe.
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