TikTok has fast become one of the most widely used video-sharing applications around the world. It welcomes people from all walks of life, irrespective of their age, gender and social status. Individuals using the app are encouraged to upload entertaining and fun content for their followers. The latest to be bitten by the TikTok bug is Nobel prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai. Jumping onto the bandwagon, she recently joined the social media platform, with her first TikTok video hitting 79.5K likes within 24 hours. The TikTok account for her fundraiser ‘Malala Fund’ has shared the first clip with her brief introduction for viewers.
In the clip, Malala can be heard saying, “Hi Tik Tok. My name is Malala Yousafzai. Some of you might already know me, you might have heard my UN speech or might have read my book, ‘I am Malala’.” She continues, “Some of you may not know me yet so I will introduce myself,” adding, “I am a recent graduate from Oxford University. My favourite things are shoes, comedy and reading books. I am 23 years old and I’m a girl’s education activist.”
Malala notes, “I have also been campaigning for twelve years for education and the safe quality of education for all girls around the world.” Speaking about the US-based fund raiser #GivingTuesday, she encouraged people to support the cause and donate generously. With 130 Million girls out of school according to the fundraiser, Malala hopes for a better future. The donation ranges from $25 to $250 to help those in need in countries around the globe. Earlier while speaking about the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on girls’ education, Malala said, “Twenty million more girls may lose their education because of COVID-19. Where we see economic and political disasters, girls and women are affected the most.”