By Ellen Wulfhorst
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An advocacy group set up by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Foreign Policy Magazine are launching an annual index to assess the availability and quality of education for girls around the world, organizers said on Monday.
The index will compile data to highlight gaps in secondary educational opportunities as well as gaps in donor funding, the magazine said in a statement.
"This new index is a 'report card' for our leaders, a critical step toward helping ensure that my sisters everywhere can have a quality, safe and free secondary education," said the 18-year-old Yousafzai in the statement.
Yousafzai was shot in the head in Pakistan in 2012 by the Taliban for advocating girls' rights to education.
Some 62 million girls are out of school around the world, and girls have faced violence for trying to go to school in 70 nations, according to the Malala Fund, which Yousafzai founded with her father to support education for girls.
The yearly index will show the availability, quality and security of girls' secondary education, using data from non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, national governments and other groups, the Washington, D.C.-based magazine said. It did not say when the first index would be published.
The education activist is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, which she won in 2014. She is the topic of a documentary movie "He Named Me Malala," to be released in October.
(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst, Editing by Alex Whiting; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)