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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

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Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
Mar 26, 2015 Judi O'Connor
Mar 26, 2015 Isabella Ondei
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Mar 20, 2015 l severin
Mar 19, 2015 chantal pasquier
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Mar 18, 2015 anna halkaidsi
Mar 13, 2015 Michael Lerman
Mar 13, 2015 Brooklyn S
Mar 12, 2015 jeanette franaszek Malala, what an inspiration you are.
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Mar 6, 2015 Joanna Gorniak
Mar 5, 2015 Denise Janssen Eager
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Mar 4, 2015 Carol Melvin
Mar 2, 2015 Kimberly Bednarcik
Feb 28, 2015 N. Katayama
Feb 28, 2015 Uma Chernoff
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Feb 26, 2015 Michelle Kaddy
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Feb 26, 2015 Nikos Nizamis
Feb 26, 2015 Constance George
Feb 26, 2015 Patricia Armstrong
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Feb 26, 2015 Leslie Paterson
Feb 26, 2015 Lynette Espinoza Until all women are treated as equal human beings in this world the world will never see peace and healing. We must afford women the same rights and opportunities as men are given. That will bring the change this world needs!
Feb 26, 2015 bruce adkins
Feb 26, 2015 susie adkins
Feb 26, 2015 Debby Forbush
Feb 26, 2015 Gisela Wykle
Feb 26, 2015 Sean O'Keeffe
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Feb 26, 2015 douglas clough thank you for your consideration aand efforts
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Feb 26, 2015 Brian Reagan Do we need to actually sign a petition to expect action on the US governmental level on this issue?
Feb 26, 2015 Dave Mattozzi
Feb 23, 2015 Elizabeth Heidler
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Feb 23, 2015 Rachael Pappano
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