United Nations: Islam treats education as the basic right of everyone regardless of gender and age and it is the violation of Islam and its teachings if anyone is against the education of girls as the gender has right to education as boys do. These views were shared by the Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations, Masood Khan at the UN’s headquarter.
“Those who deny women and girls their right to education, violate Islam,” Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan told an audience at the world body last week. He said that the religion is for all men and women without discrimination.
He observed that the terrorist attack on Malala Yousufzai showed that “the forces of darkness” are afraid of the education that gives courage to girls to stand up for their rights.
“Those who do so (deny girls’ education) violently, violate the right to life and the right to education,” he said while addressing a UNESCO-sponsored discussion on the “Importance of education and sports in preventing gender-based violence” held at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the current session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, presided over the session. Emphasizing that education is enlightenment, emancipation, empowerment and development, Khan said that Pakistan has always given priority to education for girls and boys, for men and women.
“In education lies the redemption of a nation and the entire international community. The attack against Malala was as evil as it was showed that the forces of darkness are afraid of the education that gives courage to girls as young as Malala to stand for their rights against all odds,” the Pakistani envoy said.
He concluded on the note that Pakistani women parliamentarians, with the support of all political parties, are creating new legislative and administrative space for women’s education.