Over 12 million girls are out of school in Pakistan, with only 13% of girls reaching grade nine. Despite these poor statistics, the government spends only half of what it should — 6% of total GDP — on education. The Malala fund acts by empowering local activists in communities to strive for a minimum of 12 years quality education for girls. If we don’t act now, we will be raising a generation of women who will be deprived of a basic human right.
In commemoration of the International Women’s Day, Pakistani activist, UN Messenger of Peace, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient and the co-founder of Malala Fund, Malala Yousafzai was honored at the 2nd HUM Women Leaders Award. Her outstanding public service and contributions in the field of education, being a symbol and source of hope, courage & inspiration for girls across the globe made her the perfect fit for the award!
The award was presented by the president of HUM Network, Sultana Siddiqui to Dr. Maliha Khan, Chief Programming Officer at Malala Fund, who received the accolade on behalf of Malala Yousafzai, who joined the award ceremony via video link at the event hosted at the President’s Secretariat in Islamabad on 9th March 2021. The honourable President of Pakistan His Excellency Dr. Arif Alvi graced the occasion as Chief Guest along with various other notable personalities from a diversity of fields.
About Malala Fund
Co-founded by Malala and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Fund is working to ensure every girl around the world can access 12 years of free, safe and quality education. The organisation supports girls’ education programmes in Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria and Turkey.
Inspired by Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai’s roots as local activists in Pakistan, Malala Fund established the Education Champion Network. It invests in education advocates and activists who are challenging the policies and practices preventing girls from going to school. Today, Malala Fund supports 57 Education Champions.
Malala Fund, in its November 2020 report on Girls’ Education and COVID-19 in Pakistan highlights how the pandemic has impacted students and their families in Pakistan. Especially girls. Although Pakistan has made significant progress for girls’ education in the last decade, over 12 million girls remain out of school. With only 13% of girls reaching grade nine.
Malala Fund Education Champions in Pakistan aim to work closely with federal and provincial governments as well as independent bodies to ensure the safe, gender-responsive reopening of schools. It plans to alleviate the economic effects of the pandemic to help families prioritize education. The fund hopes to protect education gains and build back Pakistan’s education system with gender at the center to promote inclusive growth and ensure every girl can learn.
This article is the collaboration effort of several members of Team FUCHSIA.