Pakistani Girls Struggle to be Educated

Photos by Anja Niedringhaus & Muhammed Muheisen

Malala Yousafzai’s struggle for girls to be educated in deeply conservative parts of Pakistan led to her being shot and nearly killed by the Taliban two years ago, while her relentless campaign for women’s rights was rewarded Friday when she was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, who moved to Britain for treatment and later settled there, tirelessly continued her campaign for a woman’s right to an education in Pakistan and won international recognition for her struggle.

In Pakistan her campaign lives on, as young girls and women struggle to get an education.

Here are a series of images by Muhammed Muheisen and the late Anja Niedringhaus focusing on the education of young girls in Malala’s hometown of Mingora, in the Swat Valley, and in the outskirts of the capital Islamabad.

Taken in makeshift schools set up in slums and mosques, many show adult volunteers teaching children with the limited resources they have.

In Mingora they show girls attending Malala’s old school.

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Lead Photo Caption: In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Pakistani children, whose families were displaced from Pakistan’s tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, hold booklets of Urdu alphabets and verses of the Quran, and repeat after their teacher during their daily Madrassa, or Islamic school, at a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai’s struggle for girls to be educated in a deeply conservative society led to her shooting by the Taliban two years ago, while her relentless campaign for women’s was rewarded Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, by the recognition of her work as she was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

 

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