Pakistani women can now avail scholarships in the US following the ‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act’
Malala Yousafzai expressed her gratitude to the US Congress when sharing the good news on social media.
The US Congress has approved a bill called the ‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarships Act’, which is named after the Pakistani Nobel laureate. Under this bill, women would be able to avail merit and needs-based scholarships in the US.
The Congress website reads that this bill was first passed in March of last year by the House of Representatives. It has since then been adopted by the US Senate through a voice vote and forwarded to US President Donald Trump, who is yet to incorporate it into law.
According to the bill, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will grant at least 50% of scholarships to Pakistani women, from 2020 through 2022, over various academic disciplines and in line with current eligibility criteria.
Malala Yoousafzai expressed her gratitude to the US Congress when sharing the good news on social media.
Thank you to @RepJeffries and the U.S. Congress for passing this legislation, mandating that at least 50% of @USAID's higher education scholarships in Pakistan will go to young women. I'm excited to see where they lead us. https://t.co/ub7OzOXT4Q
— Malala (@Malala) January 4, 2021
Malala was presented the Nobel Peace Prize to acknowledge her efforts for children’s rights back in 2014. She is now a renowned advocate of women and children’s education and otherwise rights.
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