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Pakistani Activist Fights For Female Education

Mukhtar Bibi, center, is a rape survivor who’s now an activist in Pakistan for women's rights and education.
Mukhtar Bibi, center, is a rape survivor who’s now an activist in Pakistan for women's rights and education.
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Recently a forum on women’s education in Pakistan took place at Emory University.

The keynote speaker was Mukhtar BiBi, a rape survivor, who’s now an activist in Pakistan for women’s rights and education.

According to the Global Campaign for Education, “over 5.1 million primary school-aged children are out of school in Pakistan – the third highest number of out-of-school children in the world ─ and [63 percent] of them are girls.”

Mukhtar is taking the message of her work to other cities, but before leaving Atlanta, Mukhtar spoke with “A Closer Look’s” Rose Scott.

Through an interpreter, Rana HasanMukhtar begins their conversation talking about the perception of how women and girls are valued in Pakistan.