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News in Brief 3 March 2023


  • Myanmar: Tatmadaw’s ‘scorched earth’ policy in spotlight
  • Iran urged to investigate allegations of school ‘poisonings’
  • For first time, women represented in all parliaments worldwide
Young girls at a school in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon use a tablet during a lesson.
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Tech needs girls, and girls need tech

More and more young women and girls are highlighting the importance of access and safety in the digital world. Marking International Girls in ICT Day, on Thursday, UN agencies have issued a call to action to ensure equal access to digital learning opportunities.

Vaibhav Gadekar

UN’s education agency lauds world’s most exceptional teacher  

From India’s Maharashtra state, super educator Ranjitsinh Disale was awarded a $1 million Global Teacher Prize for his exceptional impact on the lives of hundreds of students, especially girls.  

From more than 12,000 teachers from over 140 countries, Mr. Disale was selected for the annual award – sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, and a UK-based non-profit organization working to improve education access to underprivileged children.

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Malala continues fight for girls’ rights, education, empowerment

Malala Yousafzai is continuing her fight for girls’ education, rights and empowerment, in her role as the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace.

She began speaking out for girls’ education aged 11, and after surviving an assassination attempt by Taliban extremists in her native Pakistan in 2012, she co-founded the Malala Fund along with her father.

This month she is due to begin her studies at Oxford University.

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UN Messenger of Peace Malala says girls can change the world

The Pakistani teenager whose courageous defense of girls’ education continues to inspire people worldwide has a message for girls everywhere: your voice matters.

Malala Yousafzai, 19, was speaking on Monday after being appointed a UN Messenger of Peace; the youngest person to receive the distinction.

The Nobel Peace Laureate first came to the world’s attention in October 2012 after being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ right to go to school.

Dianne Penn asked Malala about her new role.

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