Education activist, young Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Oxford graduate Malala Yousafzai, is not only a vital voice for a new generation that seems to have inherited a broken world, but also the leader who aspires to change it.

Given her immaculate contributions and hard work towards causes advocating for women's education in Pakistan, the United States Congress has passed a bill named after her which expands the number of scholarships to women in Pakistan under a merit and needs-based programme.

According to the bill requirements, USAID will be awarding at least 50% scholarships to Pakistani women, across a range of academic disciplines, given they meet the existing eligibility criteria.

While the act was passed by the House of Representatives last year in the month of March, it was voted into existence on January 1, 2021. Currently, it has been sent to President Donald Trump to sign it into law.

Previously, the United Nations declared July 12, 2013, as “Malala Day” — a global day of support for and recognition of Malala’s bravery and courage in promoting women’s education.

Moreover, more than 1,000,000 people around the world have signed the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education petition calling on the Government of Pakistan to enroll every boy and girl in primary school.

More information about the scholarship can be found here.

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