Lahore: Member National Assembly (MNA) Shaista Pervez Malik has said that the recognition accorded by the Nobel Prize Committee to Malala Yousafzai’s unparalleled struggle and sacrifice for the cause of women’s education, fills us, at the Women’s Caucus, with a deep sense of pride and patriotism. As a large proportion of the female child population in Pakistan continues to be denied the constitutionally mandated right to education, Malala’s voice symbolizes courage, strength, patience and hope.
In a statement issued here Saturday, Shaista Pervez Malik said that Malala represents the quintessential Pakistani woman, resilient in her struggle against socio-cultural practices that impede her progress and development. Education is critical to the development and progress of Pakistani women, and of the state of Pakistan. We at the Women’s Caucus are strongly committed to undertaking means to guarantee girls their right to education, and are grateful to Malala for her contribution towards raising awareness for this cause.
She said that yet as we celebrate the honor bestowed on Malala and on Pakistan, we are humbled by the dismal figures of female literacy and school enrolment in our country. A single voice, however strong, is not sufficient to effectively challenge the misogynist practices that plague our society. Instead, we need a concerted and joint effort across political lines, religious divides and civil society to bring an end to the brutal denial of education to women.
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