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Legislation after Malala in US senate

Two top American senators have introduced a legislation in the name of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani peace activist who was shot by the Taliban, to provide scholarship to girls from Pakistan.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2013 00:00 IST

Two top American senators have introduced a legislation in the name of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani peace activist who was shot by the Taliban, to provide scholarship to girls from Pakistan.

Introduced by senators Barbara Boxer and Mary Landrieu, the Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act is designed to expand scholarship opportunities for young women in Pakistan.

The Boxer-Landrieu bill would require a 30% increase in the number of scholarships awarded under the programme for the next four years, and that these additional scholarships be awarded solely to women.

“This bill will ensure more young women in Pakistan are able to pursue their dreams through education,” Boxer said.