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Women have the right to live lives that are free from discrimination and violence

October 18, 2012

"I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I am afraid of no one."

 Malala Yousufzai

The recent shooting of young Malala Yousufzai has garnered attention worldwide. There is an unmistakable irony in the fact that it occurred on the heels of the International Day of the Girl – a day dedicated to growing consciousness that creating healthy communities begins with ensuring that girls are safe, educated and thus empowered.

By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world's adult population who cannot read. This staggering percentage of illiteracy translates into a continued climate of violence for women in their homes, their communities and their countries as they remain repressed and oppressed.

By standing up for human rights and specifically the right of every girl to an education, Malala has received acclaim around the world for her bravery. Education is key to ending the kind of violence that women and girls experience. Education is a right and not a privilege.

The OPSEU Provincial Women's Committee is inspired by the voice and actions of Malala Yousufzai: A powerful example for all of us. Violence is unacceptable. Gender-based violence is intolerable.

In Solidarity

Dora Robinson, Chair, Provincial Women's Committee


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