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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

Oct 5, 2015 Deb Collins
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Susana Agostinho
Oct 1, 2015 francine baillargeon
Oct 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2015 Helga Breier
Sep 29, 2015 Harry Brewer
Sep 29, 2015 Pauline Köhler
Sep 28, 2015 Ricardo Petinga
Sep 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2015 hilary peters
Sep 27, 2015 Karl Alfed
Sep 27, 2015 TIM SCHAFER I fully SUPPORT young women's right to actively pursue an education without violence.
Sep 27, 2015 Sanjoy Banerjee She is very brave and is doing great work. It is incumbent upon all right minded individuals to support her. Thanks
Sep 27, 2015 Sgluber Rambar
Sep 27, 2015 lorene sisk
Sep 27, 2015 denzil mack
Sep 27, 2015 M M Rowe Everyone should read her biography: I am Malala
Sep 27, 2015 Virginia Elguea
Sep 27, 2015 Janet Weigel
Sep 27, 2015 Johanna Standish
Sep 27, 2015 Charles Zimmer
Sep 27, 2015 Susan Stiles-Giello
Sep 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2015 Mitchell Dormont
Sep 27, 2015 Warwick Neal
Sep 27, 2015 Arlene Austin
Sep 27, 2015 Linda Foley
Sep 27, 2015 Deborah Earle
Sep 27, 2015 gail owensmith She is amazing. I am delighted to add my name to this petition.
Sep 27, 2015 Monica Soto
Sep 27, 2015 Jesús Reyes
Sep 27, 2015 jeanine flaton
Sep 27, 2015 Jillian Fiedor
Sep 27, 2015 Julie Suris
Sep 27, 2015 Sally Bates
Sep 27, 2015 Jan Moore
Sep 27, 2015 Maria Lemos
Sep 27, 2015 Tom Glaser
Sep 27, 2015 Jack Fay
Sep 27, 2015 Karen Williams
Sep 27, 2015 Susan Nixon Please continue to make this young woman, and others who are injured, killed or imprisoned for exercising basic human rights, a priority for your office.
Sep 27, 2015 Maria Riedel Education is right for all--especially young girls.
Sep 27, 2015 Christie Rawls
Sep 27, 2015 Toni H.
Sep 27, 2015 Doria Buechler
Sep 27, 2015 D Cooper
Sep 27, 2015 Melissa Dobson
Sep 27, 2015 Sue Ward
Sep 27, 2015 MaryAnn Strom

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