Secretary Blinken meets with Malala Yousafzai

Posted on December 06, 2021, 6:39 pm
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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.

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