Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

NEW YORK: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has partnered with Apple Inc to produce several new programmes including dramas, children series’ and documentaries that would air on the tech giant’s streaming service.

Yousafzai and her production company, Extracurricular, is expanding an already existing partnership with Apple, a blog post on the company’s website said on Monday.

In 2018, the iPhone maker teamed up with Yousafzai on “Malala Fund” that seeks to extend secondary education opportunities to girls’ across the globe.

Yousafzai, 23, survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, after she was targeted for her campaign against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education.

She graduated from Oxford University last year.The girls’ education champion joins a roster of artists that have signed up to work with the Apple TV+ streaming service, including Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, Octavia Spencer, Alfonso Cuarn and Tom Hanks.

She’s also a cartoon fan, and is taking her love of television and film to Apple TV+.

Yousafzai said that she has partnered with Apple in a multi-year deal to develop dramas, documentaries, comedies, animation and series for kids.

She was the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2014, for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labour.

In her home country, Pakistan, she was outspoken in insisting that girls have a right to an education.

She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while riding a school bus at age 15. She recovered and went on to fight against girls’ oppression worldwide.

Published in Dawn, March 9th, 2021

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