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Girls face an ongoing struggle to gain an education

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  • Writer: Angela Singh
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From poverty to persecution, there are numerous barriers that stand in the way of a girl's education. Last October, things took a near fatal turn when 15-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban, because she stood up for her right to go to school. 

While the shooting was met with outrage across the world (Malala Day will take place on July 12, the teenager's 16th birthday, in a call for all girls to receive an education), there are over three million girls in Pakistan who are denied an education.

According to statistics from the Federal Education Ministry of Pakistan, only 26% of girls have basic literacy.

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