10.10.14

Malala Yousfzai’s Nobel Peace Prize will give voice to millions of girls around the world

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Accolade comes on eve of International Day of the Girl

The announcement this morning that child education activist Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is a massive vindication of her campaigning work and will help give a voice to millions of girls who are deprived of education, according to children’s development agency Plan Ireland.

Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for girls’ education. She has become the youngest ever recipient of the award.

Malala has previously supported Plan Ireland’s Because I am a Girl campaign, by “Raising her Hand” for girls’ education. She visited Ireland to accept the Tipperary Peace Prize in 2013.

Plan Ireland, CEO David Dalton said;

“Malala’s struggle for girls’ education has been heroic and she richly deserves this accolade. This young campaigner has become an inspiration to millions. This is an extraordinary, brave young women who, when faced with death, refused to give up and refused to be silenced.

 It is particularly timely that she has been awarded the Noble Peace Prize on the eve of International Day of the Girl. International Day of the Girl highlights the needs and rights of girls, and advocates for greater action and investment to enable girls to reach their full potential.

However, we mustn’t forget there are millions of “other Malalas” across the world, a whole generation of girls who are excluded from learning by violence, discrimination or harmful traditional practices. Plan is working with these “other Malalas,” the 65 million girls worldwide who do not attend primary or secondary school to provide educational and training opportunities.”

Because I am a Girl is Plan’s campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. It aims to reach millions of girls directly improving their lives with access to school, skills, livelihoods and protection. We will also achieve these improvements through better family and community support and access to services for girls.

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