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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

Nov 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2014 Anna Engdahl
Nov 27, 2014 Dina Mattas
Nov 27, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Nov 27, 2014 Grace S Neo Gambattle !!!
Nov 26, 2014 Donovan Nelson
Nov 26, 2014 Jonathan Meggitt
Nov 26, 2014 Caitlin Tubilleja
Nov 26, 2014 Mary Tubilleja
Nov 26, 2014 William Tubilleja
Nov 25, 2014 Maria Carmen
Nov 24, 2014 Dana Roth Ever wonder why men oppressed women all throughout history?Because...women are brilliant. We add opinions, beauty, guts,I could go on and on but I haven't the space here.Men quit being afraid of women.Todays work place shows it all. Let's work together!
Nov 24, 2014 Raúl Merlet
Nov 24, 2014 Andrea Tampirova
Nov 24, 2014 Helen Belluschi
Nov 24, 2014 Laurie Price We must always advocate the education of children, male and female, in every country. Please always publicly support it and voice your disgust when societies oppress young girls wishing for an honest education.
Nov 23, 2014 R M
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2014 Margaret Argyle
Nov 21, 2014 Nanlouise Wolfe
Nov 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2014 Monika Freiling
Nov 20, 2014 kim edmondson
Nov 20, 2014 Jeffrey Creech
Nov 19, 2014 mays rihan
Nov 18, 2014 Kimberly Mclaughlin
Nov 15, 2014 Emily Dickinson-Adams
Nov 14, 2014 Luana Castell
Nov 13, 2014 Sharon Pugh
Nov 13, 2014 dotti Chesney
Nov 13, 2014 D. Garcia
Nov 13, 2014 Linda jurick
Nov 12, 2014 Joanna Foley
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2014 stacey jackson
Nov 3, 2014 Nancy Bates
Nov 2, 2014 claudia monasterio we need Malala. the world needs her
Nov 2, 2014 Virginia Caudill Absolutely....
Nov 1, 2014 Victoria Thorne Please help this girl in her quest to fight for girl's education. She has suffered horribly in her own quest for education.
Nov 1, 2014 Virginia Roman-Keating
Nov 1, 2014 Valéria de Oliveira
Nov 1, 2014 Shanikia Hill I support Malala Yousufzai's fight to educate women because knowledge is power and it helps you to become the great person who you were created to be. Please help Malala in her fight to educate women!!!!
Nov 1, 2014 Tracy Micks
Nov 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 1, 2014 viki stojanovic
Oct 31, 2014 Rick Easley
Oct 31, 2014 rebecca smith
Oct 31, 2014 grace blair Supporting equality for everyone in every country.
Oct 31, 2014 Fennemiek nederk
Oct 31, 2014 dagny opsal

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