For a century, Lions Clubs International Convention has been inspiring Lions through incredible seminars, fun and fellowship, and world-class speakers. This year, we’re honored to be joined at our virtual convention by a very special speaker who has inspired the world.
We proudly welcome Malala Yousafzai to Virtual LCICon 2021!
Monday, June 28
About Malala Yousafzai
There are not many young women who have survived an assassination attempt or become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Even with all of her accomplishments, Malala does not consider herself extraordinary.
Inspired by her father’s activism, Malala began her campaign for girls’ education at age 11 with her anonymous blog for the BBC, Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl, about life under the Taliban. Malala soon began advocating publicly for girls’ education. She would join her father on his visits to neighboring villages to recruit for the school. While he spoke to the men, she would speak to the women. Their campaign was the subject of a New York Times short documentary in 2009.
Malala soon began attracting international media attention and receiving awards. Due to her increased prominence, at age 15 she was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out. Malala recovered in the United Kingdom and has continued her fight for girls ever since.
In 2013, she co-founded Malala Fund with her father, Ziauddin. A year later, at the age of 17, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to see every girl complete 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Malala is currently completing her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, with a focus on philosophy, politics and economics.
Malala remains a leading force in the fight against the barriers—like poverty, war and gender discrimination—keeping more than 130 million girls out of school around the world.