Erika George, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will be one of the featured speakers at the November 10 event “Stand with Malala,” at the Tanner Humanities Center on the University of Utah campus,
The event, to be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., is billed as a “reflection on the global struggle for women’s education and rights.” Malala Yousafzai is a 15-year-old girl who gained international prominence when she was shot by suspected Taliban militants last month after she stood up for equal access to education in Pakistan. She is expected to recover.
George says, “Access to education equals liberation. A quality education remains a distant reality for far too many women and girls worldwide. Malala’s courageous struggle to change that reality should be celebrated and supported. While her struggle may seem remote from the reality of lives we lead here in Utah, I believe the quality of the lives that women on the other side of the world should matter to us in an increasingly globalized world. For instance, there is empirical evidence of a correlation between gender equality and conflict. Moreover, access to education enriches not just the life of the girl who is able to attend schools, it in turn elevates the community in which she lives. In my view, education is not only a fundamental human right recognized under international law it may also be another path to greater peace. ”
According to organizers, the program will highlight voices from people throughout the community who are trying to advance the cause of women’s access to education both locally and throughout the world.