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Friday, 26 October 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

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

  James Nicholson, on behalf of the ECR Group. – Mr President, may I begin by wishing Malala a speedy recovery. This young girl has demonstrated, bravely and with a spirit that far surpasses her 14 years, her pursuit of the right to have an education in Pakistan. This must be an inspiration to us all.

Like 75 million girls worldwide, Malala has been denied the opportunity to learn – something which so many of us take for granted. While access to education for all children is, of course, our ultimate objective, it is becoming more and more evident that in many countries this is a problem that is unfortunately all too pertinent for girls.

If the Millennium Development Goals are to be truly realised, we cannot continue to ignore the plight of girls such as Malala who face the threat of violence on a daily basis. Unfortunately, as we have seen, this can have horrific and devastating consequences. I do hope that countries such as Pakistan, which have made commitments relating to the rights of girls in education, continue to work towards achieving these goals. I would urge the EU and its institutions to do all in its power to assist those countries.

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