An Evening With: Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid, CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, was welcomed to Long Beach State Thursday for Associated Student Inc.'s Evening with event where she discussed topics such as activism, entrepreneurship and educational rights.

Shiza Shahid ignites crowd for change at ASI’s An Evening With

Shiza Shahid showed a video to hundreds of students in the University Student Union Ballrooms of a summer camp she started for Pakistani girls living in the Swat Valley who were fighting to receive an education. Clips of 26 girls playing games, creating friendships and learning to read and write flashed on the projector and ended on a 12-year-old girl telling the newscaster her ambitious goals of becoming the president of Pakistan one day. “Did anyone recognize the little girl?” Shahid asked a silent crowd. “That was Malala Yousafzai. I never could have imagined back then that the little girl would become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and one of the most influential people in the world.” The CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund spoke to Long Beach State students as part of ASI’s An Evening With series, sharing her experiences and answering questions from the audience. The story of the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban and demanded educational rights for women is widely recognized. Before she was shot by the terrorist group and went on to become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, she was just another girl at Shahid’s secret summer camp.

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