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Mehwash S. Ansari

Malala, Abandoned to the Hawks of War

[Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan, right, with World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab during the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World at the Dead Sea in Jordan,22 October, 2011. Photo by Photo by Nader Daoud.]

On 10 December 2012, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari announced that his government and UNESCO were establishing the “Malala Fund for Girls’ Education,” and that Pakistan would contribute ten million dollars. This fund’s namesake, Malala Yousufzai, is a young activist for girls’ education. She was shot and severely wounded on 9 October 2012 by Taliban-led armed thugs on her way to school in the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan. Given the marathon international media ...

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Mehwash S. Ansari


Mehwash S. Ansari is a Master's candidate at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with high honors from Mount Holyoke College, where she double majored in History and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. Her research focuses on sectarianism, forced migration, development, and welfare regimes. Her interests bear imprints of a summer volunteering at a Palestinian refugee camp in South Lebanon; working for the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan, where she assessed a community health intervention in rural Chitral; participating in advocacy and awareness raising campaigns related to the Middle East in Boston and Western Massachusetts; and growing up in Pakistan.