Sending Office: Honorable Hakeem S. Jeffries
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Cosponsor the Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act

H.R. 4508, a bipartisan effort to improve access to higher education for girls in Pakistan

Endorsed by: Malala Fund, Basic Education Coalition, Amnesty International, CARE, Plan International and Borgen Project

Cosponsors: Wagner, Fitzpatrick, Chabot, Moolenaar, Hurd, Diaz-Balart, McMorris Rodgers, Brooks, Radewagen, Meeks, Lawrence, McGovern, Omar, Espaillat, Titus, Keating, Malinowski, Vicente Gonzalez, Vargas, Trone, Bera and Houlahan

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 4508, the bipartisan Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act. This bill seeks to improve girls’ access to higher education in Pakistan by directing the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to issue at least
half of its Merit and Needs-Based Scholarships for higher education in Pakistan to women.  In 2014, this bipartisan bill passed the House and was reported favorably by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  

Roughly 130 million girls worldwide are not in school, and 16 million will never enter a classroom. The lack of education for girls and women contributes to intergenerational poverty, a loss of human capital and economic underdevelopment. The need to invest
in girls’ education rings especially true in Pakistan, where only 32% of primary school age girls are in school. The rate of higher education enrollment after high school drops down to just 9%, compared to an average of 40% around the world. Furthermore, less
than 6% of women 25 and older in Pakistan attain a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. In 2017, Pakistan was ranked the second worst in the world among all countries evaluated for gender equality by the World Economic Forum. 

While U.S. development efforts have helped close the gender gap for primary education in most countries, significant gaps remain in higher education. USAID’s Merit and Needs Based Scholarships fund full tuition and stipends for housing, textbooks and food
for economically disadvantaged Pakistani youth to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree at thirty partner universities across Pakistan. The Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act would expand the pipeline of Pakistani women receiving these scholarships and pursuing
higher education.

Now is the time for the U.S. and Pakistan to partner together to improve access to education for girls in Pakistan and realize the tremendous potential of young women.  

To cosponsor, please contact Disha Banik in Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ Office  (at 5-5936 or or Molly Burke in Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s Office (at 5-1621 or




Hakeem Jeffries                                                           Ann Wagner

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4508
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