Malala Yousafzai’s father honoured by international group for promoting gender equality

Published: April 22, 2018
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Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund. PHOTO: PROMUNDO Promundo President and CEO Gary Barker. PHOTO: PROMUNDO Joseph Jones. Founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families. PHOTO: PROMUNDO Geir Haarde. Ambassador of Icelandic. PHOTO: TWITTER David Grosso. Washington DC Council member. PHOTO: PROMUNDO Tamara Adrián. Venezuelan member of parliament and transgender activist. PHOTO: PROMUNDO Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. United Nations under-secretary-general and UN Women executive director. PHOTO: PROMUNDO Jennifer Siebel Newsom.CEO and founder of The Representation Project, writer, director, filmmaker and producer of 'The Mask You Live In. PHOTO: PROMUNDO Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

An international organisation geared towards promoting gender equality and women’s rights via inclusivity is honouring Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Pakistani education activist and the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate Malala.

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Yousafzai the co-founder of Malala Fund, will be recognised for his efforts in promoting gender equality and solidarity in empowering girls said Promundo a Brazilian consortium, which works at furthering gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls.

“For centuries, men have stood in the way of women’s freedom and advancement,” says Yousafzai, according to a press release on Promundo’s website. “But manhood should be about standing up for the equal rights of all people. Our societies will thrive when more men start supporting every woman’s right to learn and lead,” he added.

Yousafzai is one of the eight individuals who will be recognised as Promundo ‘Future of Manhood’ honorees on April 24.

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Other honourees alongside Yousafzai include:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Justin Trudeau. Canadian Prime Minister. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Jennifer Siebel Newsom.CEO and founder of The Representation Project, writer, director, filmmaker and producer of 'The Mask You Live In. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Jennifer Siebel Newsom. CEO and founder of The Representation Project, writer, director, filmmaker and producer of ‘The Mask You Live In. PHOTO: TWITTER

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. United Nations under-secretary-general and UN Women executive director. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. United Nations under-secretary-general and UN Women executive director. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Tamara Adrián. Venezuelan member of parliament and transgender activist. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Tamara Adrián. Venezuelan member of parliament and transgender activist. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

David Grosso. Washington DC Council member. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

David Grosso. Washington DC Council member. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Geir Haarde. Ambassador of Icelandic. PHOTO: TWITTER

Geir Haarde. Ambassador of Icelandic. PHOTO: TWITTER

Joseph Jones. Founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Joseph Jones. Founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

These honourees have worked to eradicate harassment, break gender stereotypes, and create a world where men are true activists and allies in reaching equality and will continue to do so, said Promundo.

“Much of the work to engage men as allies in gender equality in the past 20 years has seen men as the obstacles,” said Promundo President and CEO Gary Barker.

Promundo President and CEO Gary Barker. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

Promundo President and CEO Gary Barker. PHOTO: PROMUNDO

“We must call men out and demand equality. But we also must build on the men and women who already believe manhood can be positive, healthy, nonviolent, and peaceful. We honor these individuals for precisely that – they exemplify the future of manhood we all want and need,” he added.

Progress for women is progress for all

The global attention around the #MeToo movement has brought a greater focus on the profound gender inequalities that still exist in women’s lives. At the same time, we face a tremendous backlash in some countries, said Promundo.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 22, 2018 - 7:39PM

    If I remember correctly he wants a separate country Balouchistan . Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Apr 22, 2018 - 8:05PM

    Her daughter worked really hard for his success.Recommend

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