‘30 under 30’: Malala makes to the top on Forbes list

Published: January 8, 2014
Malala Yousufzai and Shiza Shahid, creators of the Malala Fund. PHOTO: FILE

Malala Yousufzai and Shiza Shahid, creators of the Malala Fund. PHOTO: FILE

Just a week into 2014, Forbes magazine released its ‘30 Under 30’ list in which the business magazine recognises 450 young game-changers across 15 different fields. This year’s social entrepreneurship category features three Pakistani women who they believe are changing the world. 

Malala Yusufzai gets a celebrated mention in the list for her campaign for girls’ education that has already won her many accolades. She is credited with co-founding the Malala Fund, and also on the list is her co-founder Shiza Shahid.

Shiza, a 24-year-old graduate of Stanford University, was also recently recognised by Time magazine in December last year, as one of ‘30 people under 30’ changing the world.

The CEO of the Malala Fund, Shiza is quoted in Forbes as saying that she hoped the fund would enable her to leverage Malala’s voice  in such a way that the energy surrounding the young activist is transformed into meaningful action.

The third Pakistani woman on the list is 25-year-old Khalida Brohi. She was only 16 when she witnessed the honour killing of her friend, reports Forbes. This experience led her to found Sughar, a non-profit organisation providing women with six-month courses on business and crafts.

Sughar aids village women in starting their small businesses so that they become financially independent.

Also on the list, in separate categories, are famous names such as TV actor and director Lena Dunham, tennis star Maria Sharapova and pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Mohammad Faheem Mengal
    Jan 8, 2014 - 11:36AM

    I know that Education is must for all , if male or female .
    Education is which shows the path of good an bad .

    it is nice to listen there is Khalida how is working about women’s right, it is what voice should be raised about to give them there rights .straggling for a case is nice instead of doing nothing


  • yasmin karim
    Jan 9, 2014 - 8:50PM

    I agree 100% for Malala to be on the top and rest of the others but there is a fourth name in Pakistan which is 24 years old Samina baig who is the first youngest Pakistani summit mount Everest and now is traveling arround the world to summit 7 highest peaks in seven continents. She deserves to be included in the 30 under30. She is challenging the gender stereotypes not only of Pakistan but also of all the Muslim World.Recommend

  • rabia
    Jan 10, 2014 - 1:16AM

    I also agree


  • BAMAlık
    Jan 28, 2014 - 6:35PM

    what is the Samina’s contribution to the humanity or society? Recommend

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