US lawmakers support bill named after Malala

January 30, 2013 - 8:38:01 am

ISLAMABAD: A bill named after Malala Yousufzai is getting bipartisan support in the US Senate as key Democratic and Republican lawmakers are backing the measure, said sources on Capitol Hill.

Another bill, moved in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, is also supported by lawmakers from both parties, the sources added.

The bill seeks to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Malala, “in recognition of her devoted service to education, justice, and equality in Pakistan.” Submitted in the Senate last week, it is designed to expand scholarship opportunities for disadvantaged young women in Pakistan.

“I am proud to introduce the Malala Yousufzai Scholarship Act alongside Senator Barbara Boxer and dedicate it to Malala and the millions of other girls and women who risk their lives every day to get education,” said Senator Mary Landrieu.

“This bill not only recognises Malala’s incredible courage, but will ensure that more young women in Pakistan are able to pursue their dreams through higher education,” said Senator Boxer.

The bill noted that Malala, 15, had been an outspoken advocate for girls’ education in Pakistan and gained international attention for her blog documenting the Taliban’s crackdown on the rights of women and girls.

“The attack on Malala reminds us of the obstacles women and girls face around the world every day, including poverty, low social standing and violence, in their quest to espouse the basic freedoms enjoyed by American women,” said Senator Landrieu.