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Pakistan: Girls Deprived of Education

Barriers Include Underinvestment, Fees, Discrimination

Tuesday 13 November 2018

(London, November 13, 2018) – The Pakistan government is failing to educate a huge proportion of the country’s girls, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. 

The report, “‘Shall I Feed My Daughter, or Educate Her?’: Barriers to Girls’ Education in Pakistan,” concludes that many girls simply have no access to education, including because of a shortage of government schools – especially for girls. Nearly 22.5 million of Pakistan’s children – in a country with a population of just over 200 million – are out of school, the majority of them girls. Thirty-two percent of primary school age girls are out of school in Pakistan, compared with 21 percent of boys. By ninth grade, only 13 percent of girls are still in school.

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