Brutal Attacks on Schoolgirls on the Rise: UN

Report cites Pakistani Taliban slaughter of 140 people as the worst.

“Attacks against girls accessing education persist and, alarmingly, appear in some countries to be occurring with increasing regularity,” the report notes.

The BBC cites an international study published last year finding about 9,600 attacks in 70 countries between 2009 and 2013.

Two years prior, then 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot at close range in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, making her the global face of the struggle to educate girls. Here, she’s shown reading a book at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. She has since completely recovered and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17.

Below, demonstrators outside the defense headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria called on the government to rescue the girls on May 6, 2014.

“Attacks on girls’ education have a ripple effect - not only do they impact on the lives of the girls and communities who are directly concerned, they also send a signal to other parents and guardians that schools are not safe places for girl,” the report notes.