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Malala Yousafzai meets Obamas at White House

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Malia Obama, left, joined her parents at the Oval Office to meet Malala

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have met Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office.

The Obamas thanked Malala, 16, who was shot in the head last year by the Taliban, for her “inspiring and passionate work” for girls’ education.

The Obama’s 15-year-old daughter Malia also attended the meeting.

The White House said the US celebrated Malala’s courage and determination to promote girls’ right to attend school.

“As the First Lady has said, ‘Investing in girls’ education is the very best thing we can do, not just for our daughters and granddaughters, but for their families, their communities, and their countries’,” the White House said in a statement.

On Thursday, Malala was awarded the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize. Although she had been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize, on Friday that went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal.

A native of Pakistan’s mountainous Swat Valley, Malala rose to prominence in 2009 after writing an anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu service about her life under Taliban rule and the lack of education for girls.

Her name became internationally known after the Pakistan army pushed the Taliban out of the area in 2009.

The Taliban’s Islamist doctrine puts harsh restrictions on women’s rights and one of the militants shot her last year as she was riding in a bus with school friends.

After the attack, she was flown to the UK for medical treatment and now lives in Birmingham, where she is going to school.

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Today is Malala Day

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United Nations: With the world commemorating November 10 as ‘Malala Day’ in honour of Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended his support to the young girl and her fight for education, describing her as the “global symbol” of every girl’s right to an education.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said November 10, a month after Yousafzai was shot at by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, has been declared Malala Day.

The day would be commemorated in support of the 14-year-old and the 32 million girls like her around the globe who are denied their right to school, Brown said.

In his message of support for Yousafzai and girls’ education, Ban said, “Malala Yousafzai is a global symbol of every girl’s right to an education”.

The UN chief said citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Yousafzai and on behalf of the 61 million children who do not go to school.

“I am adding my voice to the messages from over one million people across the globe. Education is a fundamental human right. It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship,” Ban said in a brief video message posted on the UN website.

He called the international community to join the UN campaign to put education first “for Malala and girls and boys throughout the world”.

Source : NDTV News

 
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Posted by on 11/11/2012 in Education, Uncategorized

 

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