DIT Students’ Union confers Honorary Membership on Pakistani activist for women’s education, Malala Yousafzai, in absentia

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Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) has conferred its highest honour – Honorary Membership of the union – on Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who has campaigned for women’s education. The Pakistani Embassy’s First Secretary, Ms Maliha Makhdoom, will accept the award on Malala Yousafzai’s behalf at DITSU’s Annual Inauguration and Student Awards Ceremony in Dublin’s Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane.

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DITSU is one of the largest students’ unions in the country representing almost 18,000 members in the various Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campuses around the city including Bolton Street, Kevin Street, Aungier Street, Cathal Brugha Street, Mountjoy Square and Rathmines.

The President of DITSU, David Keogan, said that the organisation’s Student Council had decided to confer this honour on Malala Yousafzai because they see her as the epitome of student activism.

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“Campaigning for and defending the right of access to education is the essence of students’ unions’ work and Malala’s activism has been all about ensuring that girls and women have access to education. Her bravery in continuing to campaign in the most difficult of circumstances and her determination not to be silenced despite being shot last October make Malala Yousafzai a most worthy recipient of DITSU’s Honorary Membership,” David Keogan said.

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The other recipient of DITSU’s Honorary Membership is the independent Chairperson of the organisation’s Board of Directors, Kevin O’Driscoll. David Keogan explained that Mr O’Driscoll has given 10 years’ service to DITSU as Chairperson and has overseen the transformation of the union into a successful professional, student-led organisation. Kevin O’Driscoll is a former senior official with the IMPACT Trade Union and was Programme Manager to President Michael D Higgins, when he was Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

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