Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja
Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai on Friday urged Japan and its fellow group of 20 developed nations to pledge new funding for educating girls at June’s G-20 summit to be hosted by the Japanese.
Speaking alongside Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, the celebrated Pakistani education activist spoke about the importance of investing in girls now for future economic growth and global stability.
“As the chair of this year’s G-20, I hope Prime Minister Abe in Japan will lead on girls’ education and encourage all leaders to commit to new funding to prepare girls for the future of work.
I hope he can use his G-20 presidency to help my sisters in Japan, G-20 countries and around the world to reach their full potential because the world works better when girls go to school,” she asserted.
Malala became a global symbol for girls’ education and human rights after a gunman boarded her school bus in October 2012 asking “Who is Malala?” and shot her.
After medical treatment in the UK, she continued her vocal advocacy and became the youngest-ever person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.