Two top American Senators have introduced a legislation in the name of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani peace activist who was shot by the Taliban, to provide scholarship to girls from Pakistan.

Introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer and Mary Landrieu, the Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act is designed to expand scholarship opportunities for disadvantaged young women in Pakistan.

The bill would require a 30 per cent increase in the number of scholarships awarded under the programme for the next four years, and that these e awarded solely to women.

It would also expand the range of academic disciplines that recipients could pursue to improve graduates’ chances of obtaining meaningful employment. — PTI