More should be done to do real justice to Malala and the cause she serves: Navi PillayListen /
In a statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has drawn attention to what she describes as 'The Malala Effect'.
You may recall that on October 9th, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and the neck on her way back from school in the town of Mingora in Pakistan.
In her statement, the human rights chief noted that "Malala was targeted for her prominent role in promoting the fundamental right of education for girls and for criticizing the Taliban for actions such as destroying girls' schools and threatening to kill girls who attend them”.
High Commissioner Navi Pillay says "to do real justice to Malala and the cause she serves, more should be done”.
She stressed that Malala's sacrifice should not be a six-week or six-month wonder.
Rather, "we must sustain and increase the momentum she has created, and stand up for every girl's fundamental right to education”.
As the high commissioner put it, "Malala was attacked because she was a girl, and she was attacked not just because she wanted an education herself, but because she was campaigning for all girls to be able to fulfill their right to receive an education, as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
Donn Bobb, United Nations