Supporting women and girls in Pakistan

Thursday March 14th, 2019

Funding of £400,000 to help disadvantaged women and girls in Pakistan complete their education has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Government Opportunities

The revised five year programme will now provide scholarships to women and girls through their secondary education, undergraduate degree and onwards to cover a masters degree.

The First Minister attended Social Bite’s annual dinner in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening where Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, was a guest speaker. Ms Yousafzai became an activist for female education after being shot by the Taliban.

The First Minister said:

Tackling poverty and inequality is a central aim of the Scottish Government, whether that is at home or abroad and girls still face the largest barriers to accessing secondary and undergraduate education.

In 2013 we set up a masters scholarship scheme for Pakistani women which was inspired by Malala Yousafzai’s courageous campaign for better education for girls.
The Scotland-Pakistan Scholarship for Young Women and Girls will help a new generation of Pakistani women and girls achieve their full potential and ambitions.”

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