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Friday, 26 October 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Tadeusz Zwiefka (PPE), in writing.(PL) I am sure that we all agree that the case of Malala Yousafzai must not go unnoticed by the European Parliament. For over a fortnight now, we have been following news of the health of 14-year-old Malala. This young girl bravely fought for her dreams and the dreams of thousands of Pakistani girls like herself, and became the target of a brutal attack.

Pakistan is one of the three most dangerous countries in the world for women. Several hundred so-called honour killings take place there every year, and there are also cases where women are punished by having acid poured over them. Reporting such incidents to the police and taking a case to court calls for heroism. In Europe, equal access to education is universally accepted but in Pakistan it remains a privilege for males only. Pakistan ranks second in global league tables for the number of girls without a primary education.

Malala almost had to pay the highest possible price for her determination and for speaking out about the right of all girls to make their own decisions on their future. It should be borne in mind that the attack on Malala is also an attack on all defenders of human rights and fundamental values. We have to respond. After all, one of the objectives the Union set itself was to develop relationships with third countries based on the principles of democracy, respect for the rule of law and respect for civil liberties. With this in mind, I fully support the text of the resolution and call on the European Commission to regularly monitor the work of the Government of Pakistan to implement the provisions concerning discrimination and violence against women.

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