Human Rights Watch: Girls Face Barriers to Education in Pakistan

Pakistan is failing to educate a huge proportion of the country’s girls due to the government’s under-investment in schools, prohibitive school fees, and gender discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report. Thirty-two percent of primary school age girls were out of school in Pakistan, compared with 21 percent of boys. By 9th grade, only 13 percent of girls remain in school, the report said. “The Pakistan government’s failure to educate children is having a devastating impact on millions of girls,” said Liesl Gerntholtz, the women’s rights director at Human Rights Watch.


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