Malala Yousefzai is the youngest Nobel laureate. Her prize is inspiring – it recognises her bravery and the importance of girls’ education.
But Yousefzai’s story includes violence that cannot be understood without awareness of the politics of weak political institutions, poverty, geopolitics of war and fragile economies. To improve girls’ access to education we need to connect politics to policy.
By making visible the connections between economic and political empowerment, we can understand why education of girls remains a problem as we approach the end of the millenium development goals.
Of all of the world’s parliaments, women represent over 50% in just one of them – Rwanda. Young women are an even tinier percentage. Does it matter? It does – descriptively, substantively and symbolically.