Malala Yousafzai Enters Multi-Year Programming Partnership With Apple TV+

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai: The 23-year old women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai signed a multi-year partnership with Apple TV+ to develop original programming.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has signed a multi-year programming deal with Apple TV+, as told by the streaming service on Monday.

In the pact, the youngest Nobel Prize winner will reportedly develop original programming for the video-on-demand service. This shall include dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation and children’s series that would be based on her “propensity to inspire people around the world.”

With this deal, the 23-year old women’s rights activist has joined the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Idris Elba, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and many more renowned celebrities associated with deals at Apple.

Malala on the Apple Deal

As per the reports, I Am Malala co-author expressed her delight at signing the deal and said, “I believe in the power of stories to bring families together, forge friendships, build movements, and inspire children to dream.” She added that she couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity than this to “bring these stories to life” and ” support women, young people, writers, and artists in reflecting the world as they see it.”

Malala’s association with Apple

In 2018, Apple became a partner of Malala Fund, the international, non-profit organization founded by the eponymous activist to advance girls’ education and support every girl’s right to 12 years of safe, free, quality education. It supported the organization’s endeavour with local advocates, teachers and activists in eight nations where girls face significant challenges when it comes to pursuing education. Furthermore, the tech giant also assisted with technology, curriculum, and research into policy changes to support education of girls.

Moreover, the partnership has led to the expansion of the venture in terms of partnership. In fact in Brazil, Apple’s 10 Developer Academies have partnered with Malala Fund to aid the upliftment of girls’ and women education around the world.

Malala and Apple have been additionally working together on a digital publication Assembly, meant for girls and young women and available on Apple News since 2018. The multi-lingual virtual platform has published inspiring and ‘much-needed-to-know’ stories from young women in over 100 countries.

About Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for girls’ education and known for human rights advocacy, especially the right to education of women and children.

Her activism started from her time in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement and is often hailed as ‘the most prominent citizen’ of Pakistan.

She was shot by a Talibani gunman on October 9, 2012, in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism. However, she survived the shot and braved ridicule, slander and criticism by orthodox Muslim communities and has been living in the United Kingdom since 2013, where she pursued her higher education at the University of Oxford.

Moreover, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17, becoming the youngest recipient of the prestigious award.