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AWID condemns attack on young WHRD in Pakistan

Attack on Malala Yousufzai


AWID strongly condemns the attempted assassination of 14-year-old Pakistani school girl and activist, Malala Yousufzai by Taliban militants. We urge the authorities to bring to account those responsible for this attack and bring an end to the violence against women human rights defenders in Pakistan. We stand in solidarity with Malala Yousufzai and wish her a full and quick recovery.

As reported by the FIDH/OMCT’s Observatory for the protection of Human Rights Defenders, in the afternoon of October 9, 2012, Ms. Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in her school van. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. Ms. Yousafzai was targeted for advocating the right of girls to education, and for exposing the daily violence and intimidation after the Taliban took control of the Swat valley.

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The attempt on Malala Yousafzai’s life is getting a lot of media attention.

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Action Appeals 

Women’s rights and human rights organizations are issuing appeals for action in response to the attack on Malala Yousafzai

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Women’s rights and human rights organizations around the world have denounced

the attack on Malala Yousafzai.

Read their statements here


Other Information on WHRD in Pakistan

Over the past months, AWID has expressed concern about violence against

Women Human Rights Defenders in Pakistan and the situation regarding women’s rights in the country.

Read prior postings here



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