Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai is recovering from surgery in a UK hospital after being shot by the Taliban as she was her way home from school. She was targeted because she spoke out to defend the rights of girls in Pakistan to go to school.
ActionAid Pakistan Program Manager Uzma Tahir said: “ActionAid Pakistan strongly condemns the brutal attack on Malala Yousafzai, an innocent girl. Malala was devoted to education and peace and inspired many girls across Pakistan to stand up for their right to an education. In Pakistan, girls of Malala’s age are often forced to get married and stay at home for no other reason than to deprive them of their basic rights to education, health and a dignified life.
“We pray for Malala’s good health and we want to let Malala know that all of us are on her side in the war against extremism and ignorance. Let us make a commitment today that we will take forward Malala’s message of peace and girls’ education to every part of our country and across the globe.”