Girls Demand Education in Pakistan

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Credit: United Nations/Aala Tirmizi

During a recent trip to Pakistan, GPE CEO Alice Albright attended an event  in Islamabad titled "Girls of Pakistan for Education", where hundreds of Pakistani girls and young women called on their government to support their education.  Pakistan is also the home country of Malala Yousafzai, who, along with two of her friends, was shot for the simple act of going to school in October 2012. 

According to estimates by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), there are more than 3 million girls of primary school age who don't go to school in Pakistan, and 3.4 million adolescent girls who don't go to secondary school. For every 100 Pakistani boys who go to primary school, only 87 girls also attend, but this number varies widely from region to region (data are for 2012).

South Asia: Pakistan


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