High-Level Advocacy Event: Stand up for Malala – girls’ education is a right!

The Government of Pakistan and UNESCO are organizing a high-level advocacy event in support of girls’ right to education, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 10 December 2012.  

Coinciding with the United Nations Human Rights Day, the event is organized in solidarity with Malala Yousafzai, the young activist and girls’ education advocate from Pakistan, and in support of the right to education for millions of girls around the world.  

Organized within the overall Education for All framework, in line with the priorities of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education and UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, the event will bring together leaders and influential partners from a wide range of constituencies to make a collective commitment to end discrimination against girls and ensure respect for their right to education.  

The assassination attempt against Malala represents an extreme instance of the violation of the right of girls to education. Around the world, more than 32 million primary school-aged girls are out of school and almost half of them probably will never have the opportunity to enrol. Furthermore, millions of female students continue to suffer from discrimination and gender-based violence, affecting their capacity to learn and forcing many of them to drop out of school.  


The objectives of this event are to:

  • sensitize the international community about the importance of and the special challenges and obstacles relating to girls’ education;
  • advance girls’ education as an urgent policy priority;
  • mobilize support and commitment from various partners in favour of programmes for girls’ education.
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