Full-time Fathers, Overtime Activists

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by giving a shout out to some of the world’s most influential and rad dads?


Ziauddin Yousafzai is many things: A Pakistani diplomat, school owner, education rights activist, and current United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education. The world also knows him as the father of Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has become the face of global girls’ education. Ziauddin passed down his passion for education to Malala. Despite receiving numerous death threats, the father-daughter duo courageously continue to speak out for a right to an education.

Malala and her father are featured in the documentary, He Named Me Malala, which highlights their journey as education rights activists. ONE Campus teamed up with the Malala Fund in early 2016 to prioritize girls and women in the mission to end extreme poverty. ONE Campus chapters hosted screenings of He Named Me Malala across the country to share Malala’s inspiring story and to showcase a father’s love for his daughter.


Mark Zuckerberg melted the world’s heart with his passionate announcement about the birth of his daughter on Facebook in which he promised to donate 99% of his shares to “advancing human potential and promoting equality” in order to create a better future for his newborn baby girl. Zuckerberg is advancing the world by advocating for universal internet access. With the launch of the Global Goals in September, he reminded world leaders that global development and global connectivity are closely linked. To top it all off, Zuckerberg joined the 190,000+ people who signed the Poverty is Sexist petition that asked world leaders to acknowledge and support women and girls as a crucial focus in eradicating extreme poverty.


Sir Elton John is a leader in HIV/AIDS prevention. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) whose mission is to prevent and destigmatize the disease. Since its founding, EJAF has raised over $125 million to support programs in 55 countries. Elton John continues to put his voice and fame to good use, raising $40 million for charity through sales of his single Candle in the Wind, as well as collaborating with other artists in the album Gift of Song which raised $4 million for UNICEF. Elton John was also spotted lobbying for ONE on Capitol Hill last year and he is among other celebrities who are helping ONE say Poverty is Sexist. What a dad!


Eva and her father are not only ONE champions, but they are also one of the best father-daughter duos EVER! Eva is a 16-year-old girl from Tanzania who has been fighting to be heard by her government. She and her classmates are forced to walk miles everyday to collect water for their school and village. Time that they could and should be spending in the classroom. Eva decided enough was enough and she took a stand. But not without the undying support of her INCREDIBLE father, who supported her, rooted for her, and beamed with pride at her side. We love seeing #PovertyisSexist-fighting dads! Check out the video of Eva and her dad here!


This blog was originally published on the ONE Campus website and is the property of ONE Campaign (but still written by yours truly!). 


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