ISLAMABAD – The US Congress has adopted a legislation to change the name of their scholarships programme for Pakistani women in order to honor the Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai for her struggle.
According to the official handout of congress available with PakistanTribe, authored by Republican Congresswoman from Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act had expanded the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women under USAID’s Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program.
“For years, I have expressed concern about the appalling state of education in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the subsequent rise of madrasas – religious seminaries – that prey upon the disenfranchised and breed radicalism,” said Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The situation for women in areas where access to education is actively suppressed is particularly grim. It’s fitting that today’s legislation was named for Malala Yousafzai, who at the age of fifteen dared to defy the Taliban, survived a brutal assassination attempt, and ultimately inspired a generation of women and girls to demand their fundamental right to be educated,” he said.
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“At the heart of this bill is a push to help educate women and girls; a step that pays long-term dividends that helps stabilize societies, promotes economic growth, and advances US national security objectives,” Royce said.
Just when the global community is recognizing struggle of 17-year old Malala Yousufzai certain elements in Pakistan have started a campaign to malign her for alleged controversial stances.
In similar activity earlier his month, a certain section of educational institutes organized ‘I am NOT Malala Day’. The day was being observed by an association of Pakistani private schools (not all private schools) nationwide condemning her for allegedly supporting novelist Salman Rushdie otherwise known as blasphemist.