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Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai to speak at UAE conference

Titled 'Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region', the conference

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai to speak at UAE conference
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. (Getty Images)

Malala
Yousafzai,
Pakistani
activist
for
female education and the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace
Prize, has been announced as a key speaker at the second ‘Investing in the Future’
(IIFMENA) conference in Sharjah.

Titled 'Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in
the Arab Region', the conference is being organised by The Big Heart Foundation
(TBHF), a Sharjah-based international humanitarian body dedicated to
aiding vulnerable people worldwide.

The event, being conducted in
collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and
the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), is being held
in Sharjah on October
19 and 20.

Organisers said the
IIFMENA conference will
highlight he need to incorporate women and young girls into
decision-making through economic empowerment, paying attention to
their specific needs in education, skills-training and employment.

The two-day forum will
bring together government officials, representatives of international
and non-governmental organisations, advocates of gender equality,
academics and a number of experts and media personalities from across
the world.

A Pakistani teenage education activist who came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on her school bus in 2012, Malala continued campaigning on the world stage and in 2014 became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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