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Friday,  April 19, 2024 11:47 AM 

Celebrity Cruises partners with Malala Fund


Celebrity Cruises partners with Malala Fund

Celebrity Cruises has announced a two-year partnership with Malala Fund, reflecting its shared commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equality. The mission of Malala Fund is to secure 12 years of safe, free, quality education for every girl.

Inspired by Malala's mission and advances in furthering girls’ education, Celebrity has named 19-year old Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai as the Godmother of their newest ship, Celebrity Edge, debuting late in 2018.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said that Malala's dedication to girls’ education sets an example worth following. “Partnering with Malala Fund was a natural fit as we share the same passion and commitment to an incredible cause,” she said.

“We believe in opportunities for all, especially as our crew on board represent more than 50 different cultures - and amazing stories of achievement, education and economic advancement.”

“Malala is an inspiration and a voice of hope,” said Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “This young woman is on a powerful mission, and we support it 100 per cent. We are deeply honoured to name Malala the Godmother of Celebrity Edge, and we're excited to team up with her and the Malala Fund to champion the global right to education.”

“Malala Fund also advances one of our company's key philosophies: that education is a great equalizer, providing opportunities to people who need it most," he added.

“We cannot get 130 million out-of-school girls into classrooms on our own. We are grateful to generous partners like Celebrity Cruises who support our work to help every girl learn and lead without fear," Philippa Lei, Malala Fund interim CEO.

Malala began her life as an activist at 11 years old, writing a secret blog about life under the Taliban, who would not permit girls to go to school. She was targeted for her advocacy and, at 15, was shot on her school bus. Malala survived the attack and continued her campaign for girls' education around the world.

In 2014, Malala became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient, donating her entire prize earnings to finance a secondary school for girls in Pakistan. With Malala Fund, she continues to fight for every girl's right to education.

Celebrity will continue to reveal details regarding the partnership throughout 2017 and 2018. For more information, visit celebritycruises.com. To donate to Malala Fund visit https://www.malala.org/donate/celebritycruises.

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