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Friday, 26 October 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Discrimination against girls in Pakistan, in particular the case of Malala Yousafzai

  Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, on behalf of the S&D Group.(PL) A 14-year-old girl was shot and seriously injured in Pakistan on 9 October. Her only offence had been to promote girls’ right to education. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and made a declaration stating that they would kill anyone who campaigned against Islamic law. The outcome of this tragic incident was that the seriously injured young girl, Malala, became a national symbol of resistance against the Taliban regime. In 2011 alone, 152 cases of attacks by armed groups on school facilities in the area were recorded. Not only are young girls the victims of violence, but they are also forced into marriage and traded like commodities. It is true that the Government of Pakistan has recently introduced a range of provisions aimed at protecting young girls, but it will take many years for these provisions to be fully implemented. In this context, I welcome the Union’s readiness to support Pakistan in its efforts to comply with international standards concerning the safety of its citizens and the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination, and in ensuring that that all social groups enjoy equal rights and civil liberties.

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