Malala Yousufzai, who fought tirelessly for girls’ rights to education, is receiving treatment in a U.K. hospital after a masked gunman shot her in the head on 9 October (12) as she made her way home from school.
Fry has now backed the 14-year-old schoolgirl by posting a link to the United Nations’ Education First campaign on his Twitter.com page, writing, “We must add our voices to Malala’s and call for girls’ education. Please sign.”
A petition for the U.N. initiative states, “We call on Pakistan to agree a plan to deliver education for every child. We call on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls. We call on international organisations to ensure the world’s 61 million out-of-school children are in education by the end of 2015.”
Angelina Jolie, Peter Fonda, Michelle Rodriguez and Madonna have also spoken out to praise Yousufzai, who was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England on Monday (15Oct12).