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11,021 signatures in support of Malala were sent to Secretary Kerry on January 29, 2014. Even with the recent, uplifting news that Malala will receive the Anne Frank Courage award on January 30 in London, she continues to face obstacles in her journey, such as the recent cancellation of her book signing in Pakistan. Please continue to sign in support and encourage others to do so as well.
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Teenage Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousufzai once told al-Jazeera TV, "If this new generation is not given pens, they will be given guns by terrorists." On October 10, Yousufzai was shot and critically wounded by Taliban assailants.

The attack prompted an international outcry because of her brave exposure of everyday life under Taliban oppression. Her revealing blog and support of children's rights made her a hero to young women seeking empowerment through learning— and an enemy of the Taliban, who strongly oppose education for women.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the "attack reminds us of the challenges that girls face, whether it is poverty or marginalization or even violence just for speaking out for their basic rights."

Sign the petition: Urge current Secretary of State John Kerry to continue supporting young women's right to actively pursue an education without violence.

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Dear Secretary Kerry:

As you are well-aware, 14-year-old Pakistani education advocate and activist-blogger Malala Yousufzai was wounded in late 2012 by bullets fired from the weapons of militant Taliban assailants. This attack was motivated by religious extremism and has prompted an international outcry among human rights advocates. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the shooting and stated that the incident should serve as a warning to other children who participate in "secular-minded" activities.

Yousufzai's tireless bravery in exposing the difficulties of living in the oppressive shadow of the Taliban is something to be applauded, and her desire to document that oppression is a right that should be protected. The harrowing, illuminating BBC blog she started at the age of 11 and her support of children's rights have inspired her peers and raised awareness around the dangerous obstacles these young Pakistani women face.

Tragically, the very acts that have made her a positive role model for young women rendered her an enemy of the Taliban, who strongly oppose schooling for women. In addition to possessing a healthy intellectual hunger, Yousafzai wants her generation to distance themselves from the cycle of violence that has plagued her homeland. As she once told al-Jazeera television, "The people of this nation are not terrorists. If this new generation is not given pens, they will be given guns by terrorists."

The shooting of Yousufzai is an atrocity on several critical levels. Violent acts against women of all ages in Pakistan are increasing with unsettling regularity, and the use of deadly force against a child is particularly barbaric. On a global, humanitarian scale, the attempt to silence the articulate voice of an ambitious young activist, author, and scholar is an affront to all who value the individual right to access the empowerment an education affords.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly and passionately condemned these actions. Please continue to do all you can to speak out against these atrocities and further pressure the Pakistani government to protect and support freedom of education for their nation's next generation of leaders.

Petition Signatures


Oct 30, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Oct 30, 2014 Lynda Holt
Oct 30, 2014 Anastasia Lamers
Oct 29, 2014 ILEANA BURNETT
Oct 29, 2014 Marion Barbour
Oct 25, 2014 Doug Matthews
Oct 19, 2014 Meredith Bennett
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2014 Gavin Lee
Oct 17, 2014 Patricia C. Rohan
Oct 17, 2014 Nina Pregosin
Oct 17, 2014 Rebecca LeMesnager Thank you for this opportunity
Oct 17, 2014 Donna Frye
Oct 17, 2014 Keiko Barrett
Oct 17, 2014 K Cooley
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Oct 17, 2014 Alma Antoniotti
Oct 17, 2014 Sandra C.
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Oct 17, 2014 Thomas Gronsky
Oct 17, 2014 Angela Green No one should suffer violence as a result of trying to educate themselves. If the people in these countries would only look to the future and see the benefit of education for all this would be a better world.
Oct 17, 2014 Britney Bergum
Oct 17, 2014 Mark Johnson I appreciate all efforts that have been and continue to be done on behalf of the education of and freedom from fear and violence for all children around the world.
Oct 17, 2014 Margaret Sexauer
Oct 17, 2014 Melissa Ralley
Oct 17, 2014 Valerie Hermanstorfer Malala is a hero in my eyes. Growing up in the United States as a woman is a world away from what Pakistanian women endure; such beliefs as those the Taliban hold are unfounded, unethical & truly reflect how small-minded and fearful this group is.
Oct 17, 2014 Claudia Perry-St. Andre
Oct 17, 2014 Olga Titova
Oct 17, 2014 Natasa Mahne
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Oct 16, 2014 donielle joslyn
Oct 16, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Oct 16, 2014 S. A. ROSE
Oct 16, 2014 Jobette Elkins
Oct 16, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Oct 15, 2014 Debbie Aide
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Oct 9, 2014 Al Hansen
Oct 9, 2014 Patrice Kaufman
Oct 9, 2014 Patricia Parramore
Oct 7, 2014 Stephen Baranowski
Oct 5, 2014 Pat Marino
Oct 3, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is essential = education for all children! Without this the world is in grave danger.
Oct 2, 2014 janine hofmann
Sep 30, 2014 Elissa Mericle-Gray
Sep 29, 2014 Nicole Murray
Sep 29, 2014 Antoinette Gonzales

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