ISLAMABAD - 09 NOV, 2012:The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) representing 52 international NGOs operating in Pakistan, calls upon the Pakistan Government and all stakeholders to make concerted efforts to ensure girls are allowed their right to schooling in the country.
The Forum welcomes the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown’s visit to Pakistan to call for equality for girls’ education, particularly against the backdrop of the shooting of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai who was targeted for championing girls’ right to schooling.
With such broad support within Pakistan and across the world, the UN Envoy’s visit should serve as an opportunity for Pakistan to further improve its efforts, provide an enabling environment, increase investments and commit to policies needed to ensure every girl has safe access to a quality education.
“There is an urgent need for girls to be enabled to have safe, quality schooling in Pakistan and while the importance of education for all – girls and boys – is recognised by the Government, it needs serious attention, commitment and greater financial investment. The current barriers preventing girls from their schooling – child marriage, discrimination, poverty and violence, must be removed if their true potential is to be reached and we are all to benefit,” says PHF Member and Country Director of Plan International in Pakistan, Rashid Javed.
In support of the visit of Gordon Brown, the UN Envoy for Global Education, to Pakistan, the PHF urges the Pakistan government to:
- Ensure gender equality in education through relevant transparent and actionable plans and policies, and,
- Increase the allocation of resources to education and, within that, enhance share of budget allocated to girls’ education and quality aspects of education
The Forum reaffirms its commitment to working with all stakeholders to ensure future generations of girls achieve their right to an education. Pakistan Humanitarian Forum
- There are 66 million girls out of school worldwide who are denied their right to schooling through poverty, discrimination, practices like child marriage or violence. It is denial of a fundamental right & huge waste of potential
- Pakistan has the second largest number of children out of school – 5.1 million – yet reduced its spending on education from 2.6% to 2.3% of GNP over the last decade
- Gordon Brown, UN Envoy for Global Education to present a petition to President Zardari on November 10th urging the prioritisation of Education for all children irrespective of gender.
About PHF: The PHF was formed in 2003 to coordinate the efforts of international NGOs working with communities in Pakistan to provide assistance to those in need. The forum comprises 52 international NGOs operating in Pakistan and is the most representative network of international non-profit relief and development NGOs. The overall aim of the PHF is to strengthen the coordination, information exchange, and collective voice of INGOs in Pakistan to influence and improve policy and practice for the effective delivery of principled humanitarian and development assistance.
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