Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi

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Malala Yousafzai, what an amazing person. It is seriously tough in Pakistan if you’re a woman, let alone one who stands up against the status quo. I hope that this event brings to light the sad reality that many children in Pakistan still struggle so hard to get an education, particularly girls.

Despite the challenges of patriarchy, there is the simple matter of being able to find a school to go to in the first place, as corruption continues to see education budgets siphoned into the pockets of the country’s elite. And the heartbreaking reality that poor children need to work to support their families (17.6 per cent of Pakistani children are working), despite the fact that they’d really love to go to school.

Even though there is a lack of concern on the part of government to promote education however, some religious groups, political parties and NGOs are working actively to do so despite the immense challenges, like my dear friends at DEWA Development Education Welfare Assistance, and Hope AFAR.

I hope this event continues to inspire others in Pakistan to continue advocating for the basic human right of education

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