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Research project

ACCESS DENIED! – Girls’ Equal Right to Education in a global context, with a focus on Pakistan

Which challenges exist for girls to effectuate their right to education and specifically getting access to education?

Ton Liefaard
KidsRights KidsRights

The report ACCESS DENIED provides a thorough analysis of why girls have limited access to education. Despite a firm legal framework, the implementation of the right to education remains problematic, especially for girls. Three main causes are indicated, including gender inequality in cultural practices, poverty and safety risks for girls. For instance, due to poverty parents are often forced to subject their girls to child labour. This report aims to give a better understanding of the challenges girls face, in their struggle to get access to education. The situation in Pakistan serves as an example showing the complex problems surrounding the implementation of the right to education for girls. The report is published at the occasion of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013, which was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, who is a children’s rights activist.  

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