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". − Ladies and gentlemen, before we begin our deliberations, may I ask for your attention for a moment. I want to draw your attention to the tragic case of Malala Yousafzai. This 14-year-old Pakistani girl was shot in the head by a Taliban while she was sitting in the school bus. Her crime: supporting education for girls. Allow me, speaking on behalf of the entire House, to express my deep consternation and condemn that act of cowardice in the strongest terms. We call on the Pakistani authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure that all children, and especially young girls, have safe access to school education. This young girl, Malala, stands as a symbol for more than 250 million young girls worldwide who live in poverty and have neither access to nor any prospect of elementary basic rights, such as education. Less than a fortnight ago, on 11 October, we celebrated the first International Day of the Girl, aimed at raising awareness of how often girls’ human rights are violated worldwide. We have a moral responsibility to protect these girls and offer them a better future. As someone who is also the father of a daughter, I feel personally affected by the Malala case. How can anyone want to shoot a 14-year-old girl who has done nothing more than wanting to go to school herself and championing the right of other girls in her country to be able to do the same, i.e. to claim a self-evident right, that of being allowed to go to school? I wish this courageous child, this 14-year-old champion of girls’ rights, a full recovery and hope that her work will inspire a new generation of young women throughout the world with the same courage to fight for their rights."@en1

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