Two gunman murdered a teacher who taught at an all-girls elementary school in Pakistan this week in a drive-by shooting. Shahnaz Nazli was killed just 200 meters from where she taught, no doubt because she dared to educate girls, according to The Daily Beast. Her killing is the most recent tragedy in the battle for women’s education in Pakistan, and it has triggered an online petition by the UN Special Envoy For Global Education.
We can only hope that this senseless death further prompts the Pakistani government — who recently made female education mandatory and universal — to ensure safety for girls’ schools and education free from fear. Reasons assaults on women and girls in the country include poisoning students, vandalism of schools, arson, and threats. One grave example is Malala Yousafzai: in October 2012, Malala was shot in the face and neck by the Pakistani Taliban on her way home from school. The 15-year-old was targeted due to her activism on behalf of women and girls education, which had been banned in the region by the Taliban.
This attack stirred global outrage, and a worldwide effort to ask that Pakistan agree to provide education for both sexes and call for an end to global discrimination against girls and ask “international organizations to ensure the world’s 61 million out of school children are in education by the end of 2015.” There’s even a new day of remembrance for victims of gender-based violence who are killed on behalf of girls education: July 12, Malala’s 16th birthday, the world will celebrate Malala Day by calling for universal education for girls.
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