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Females on the frontline

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To promote the education of girls in Pakistan from the standpoint of assets and strengths, a girl’s right to education – as guaranteed in the constitution and fully backed by religious scholars – should be the firm foundation and starting point.

The other valuable asset is the growing desire among parents and communities from rural areas, urban centres, tribal societies and financially-challenged backgrounds to send their girls to schools – at least for primary education. Similarly, we also have renowned individuals –including politicians, intellectuals, social activists, religious scholars, celebrities, community leaders and bureaucrats – who are active proponents for the education of girls.

In this backdrop, it is the right time to use these positive dimensions and develop a strong narrative in favour of the education of girls in the country. This fresh narrative needs to be based on a girl’s constitutional and religious right to education and must harness diverse voices of support. It also needs to be complemented with an equally strong and concerted action whereby governments, development partners, the civil society, thought leaders, communities and families can voice a clear commitment and also work towards ensuring the educational, social and economic development of girls. This tall order of developing a positive narrative and accelerating coordinated action will only be possible if girls themselves are placed at not only the centre but also at the forefront of such efforts.


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