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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 won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, she continues to face obstacles in her journey. 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

Jul 28, 2015 Darlene Byrd
Jul 27, 2015 Julia Sexton
Jul 27, 2015 Paul-Denis Clermont
Jul 25, 2015 patricia dierickx
Jul 24, 2015 Antoinette Reyes
Jul 24, 2015 Aurora Margareta Barabancea
Jul 23, 2015 david belcher
Jul 23, 2015 Jeanine Smegal
Jul 23, 2015 Monique Lukens
Jul 23, 2015 Delia Dinca
Jul 23, 2015 Delia Maria
Jul 23, 2015 Valerie Van den Broeck
Jul 23, 2015 Isabelle Arbogast
Jul 23, 2015 Audrey Arbogast
Jul 23, 2015 Hervé Kerdiles The war against religious extremism (also called terrorism) will last long and cost much in lives and US$. Hopefully education and development could bring an end to this extremism
Jul 23, 2015 rebecca koo
Jul 23, 2015 jon humphrey
Jul 22, 2015 Asia Marshall
Jul 22, 2015 Chris Withrow
Jul 22, 2015 Rungruedee Nualchawee
Jul 22, 2015 Fernanda Van Ysseldyk
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 22, 2015 Ching-Lueh Chang
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Jul 22, 2015 Crystal Conklin
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Jul 21, 2015 chenie kaur
Jul 21, 2015 Lara Santos
Jul 21, 2015 Paula Yates
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Jul 21, 2015 Karen Everett
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Jul 21, 2015 Gina Pantier
Jul 21, 2015 Arnold Buratty
Jul 21, 2015 Julia Brandner
Jul 21, 2015 Darin Lee
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Jul 21, 2015 Ann Shanklin
Jul 21, 2015 Erika Faber
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