(CNN) — Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has said 40 girls in Pakistan will be the first to benefit from a fund set up in her name after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for her efforts to promote girls’ education.
She announced the $45,000 grant for education in the Swat Valley, where she’s from, in a video played at the Women in the World summit in New York City.
“”We are going to educate 40 girls and I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund,” she said.
“Let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls.”
Actress and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie spoke movingly of Malala’s courage in the face of the Taliban’s attempt to silence her, saying there was “always something special” about her.
“They shot her at point blank range in the head and made her stronger,” she said.
“In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder, and she more resolute in calling on the entire world, not just Pakistan, to ensure the right for every girl and boy to an education.”
In March, Malala herself returned to school for the first time since the Taliban shot her in October.
She’s attending lessons in Birmingham, England, the city in which doctors treated her after she received initial care in Pakistan.