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Extremists afraid of women, education: Malala

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, celebrated her 16th birthday on Friday by addressing the United Nations.
The UN has declared 12 July ‘Malala Day’, and to mark the occasion the teen, who returned to school in March after medical treatment in Britain for injuries suffered in the October attack, will address more than 500 young leaders from around the world at a Youth Assembly.

Here are the highlights of Malala Yousufzai’s address:

Unesco and ‘Save the Children’ released a special reported entitled ‘Children battling to go to school’, ahead of Malala’s speech.

The report found that 95 per cent of the 28.5 million children who aren’t getting a primary school education live in low and lower-middle income countries 44 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa, 19 per cent in south and west Asia and 14 per cent in the Arab states.

Girls make up 55 per cent of the total and are often the victims of rape and other sexual violence that accompanies armed conflicts.

The study found that in 2012 there were more than 3,600 documented attacks on education, including violence, torture and intimidation against children and teachers resulting in death or grave injuries, as well as the shelling and bombing.
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