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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.
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 17,756
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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

Sep 16, 2014 Kanto SIna
Sep 16, 2014 Waheeda Bahab
Sep 15, 2014 Alexis Powers
Sep 15, 2014 Elline Sharp
Sep 15, 2014 Leticia Acevedo
Sep 15, 2014 A Nasmyth
Sep 14, 2014 leanne doescher
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Sep 14, 2014 João Madureira
Sep 14, 2014 Irma Saligari
Sep 14, 2014 John Blair
Sep 13, 2014 Dianna Hunt
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Sep 13, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 13, 2014 Salita Chanthara
Sep 13, 2014 Anne Andersen
Sep 12, 2014 randy yuska
Sep 12, 2014 Christine Arceneaux
Sep 12, 2014 Julia Viel
Sep 12, 2014 Dana Myers
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Sep 11, 2014 Nadia Mousa
Sep 10, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Sep 9, 2014 Natalie Gagnon
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Sep 9, 2014 Stan Baker
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Sep 9, 2014 Rachel Cormier
Sep 9, 2014 Mariana Fuzaro
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Sep 7, 2014 Lee Reed
Sep 7, 2014 Nicole Young
Sep 7, 2014 Mark Aziz Thanks! <3 <3
Sep 6, 2014 Daniela Olivera
Sep 6, 2014 Georgette Lebel
Sep 6, 2014 Emily fulghum
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Sep 5, 2014 Emily Dosal Peace and Love=the answers. Equality for all. xoxo
Sep 5, 2014 Eileen Macdougall I LOVE MALALA!
Sep 5, 2014 Cynthia Gongora
Sep 5, 2014 Cecilia Dy
Sep 5, 2014 Ellen Donlin
Sep 5, 2014 Daphne Chavez
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please, help the young women of the world, receive an education.
Sep 5, 2014 Susan Jones
Sep 5, 2014 Karen Burnham Education sets us free. Educate the girl, our world improves. Think of the minds out there, uneducated, who could have the cure for disease or conflict who didn't get the chance. Save the girl, save the world. Thank you.
Sep 5, 2014 Allison Phipps
Sep 5, 2014 chris rampersad
Sep 5, 2014 Danielle Carrieri
Sep 5, 2014 (Name not displayed) Such a courageous young woman.

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