WASHINGTON: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for women’s equality who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, said she came to the State Department “to talk about equality in girls’ education.”
Prior to the start of their closed-door meeting, Yousafzai noted that “Afghanistan right now is the only country where girls do not have access to secondary education.”
“They are prohibited from learning, and I have been working together with Afghan girls and women’s activists, and there is this one message from them: that they should be given the right to work. They should be able to go to school,” she said.
Yousafzai underscored her message by reading aloud from a letter addressed to President Joe Biden from a 15-year-old Afghan girl named Sotodah.
“She writes that the longer schools and universities remain closed to girls, the more it will shade hope for our future phase. Girls’ education is a powerful tool for bringing peace and security. If girls don’t learn, Afghanistan will suffer, too,” Yousafzai read.