Activist Malala Yousafzai launches football for peace initiative

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A football for peace match, launched by Pakistani Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban whilst defending her right to a girl’s education, is being organized for later this year, planners announced on Tuesday.

The match will be played between the UAE and Pakistan and is set to kick off on world peace day, Sept. 21.

The initiative is being co-launched by UK born Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi who announced the event at the Peace and Sport Dubai Forum 2013, which opened on Tuesday.

The forum is running under the theme, “building sustainable peace through sport. Together,” and has brought together decision makers from the world of politics, sport and the private sector.

The football match will be dedicated to Malala and its proceeds will go towards funding the foundation in her name, according to organizers.

Her foundation will offer a safe place for girls to study as well as financial support for their families in Pakistan.

Malala, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is still unable to travel due to her injuries. She appeared at the Peace and Sport Dubai Forum via a recorded video message.

“Thank you so much, for [the] support of education and equality for girls, through the power of sport, on such a significant day. I look forward to visiting you in Dubai in the very near future and hope to attend the festivities with my family.”

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