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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, 2015 frances surratt
Nov 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2015 Penny Fleischman
Nov 24, 2015 Regula Hess
Nov 24, 2015 patricia bayle
Nov 24, 2015 marie laure vignaud
Nov 24, 2015 My Ring
Nov 24, 2015 christina bergström
Nov 24, 2015 françoise béguin
Nov 24, 2015 danielle jacques
Nov 24, 2015 Anita Staines-Judnick
Nov 24, 2015 Anne élise Grégoire
Nov 23, 2015 Ewa Gralla
Nov 22, 2015 Bobbi Hopfensperger
Nov 21, 2015 Adriana Bidarra
Nov 21, 2015 Lisa Shantz
Nov 20, 2015 Kim Zwicker
Nov 18, 2015 Sandrine Guillochon
Nov 17, 2015 Patricia Higgins
Nov 17, 2015 Donna Enders
Nov 17, 2015 Robert Parker
Nov 17, 2015 Elma Pjanic
Nov 16, 2015 Cathy Gould
Nov 15, 2015 Mary Meckley Women and girls all over the world are oppressed. Please support women and children's right to education, and all peoples right to a safe life.
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2015 Carole Chowen The world needs more young women like Malala!
Nov 15, 2015 Rey Stephens
Nov 15, 2015 Tina Murua The education of girls and young women around the world is a matter of national and international security. The exclusion of their voices is what allows the insidious ideas that give rise to terrorist acts to flourish.
Nov 15, 2015 Donna Libbey Malala is not only courageous, she is absolutely right about the value to the whole world to have girls/women educated. Please support those efforts.
Nov 15, 2015 Dawn Grib
Nov 15, 2015 Melanie Jordan
Nov 15, 2015 DeeDee Two Eagles
Nov 15, 2015 Susi Rivera
Nov 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2015 Allison ODell
Nov 15, 2015 Sue Hartman
Nov 15, 2015 (Name not displayed) Bravo to Malala for wanting more out of life and for fighting for the God-given right to education. Females keep a family together and are what is needed to progress and to continue to contribute. Keep up the good work, Malala!
Nov 15, 2015 susan belden
Nov 15, 2015 victoria fabian
Nov 15, 2015 Lois I. Lockwood The children need pens; not guns. It is in the best interest of the whole world; not just Pakistan.
Nov 15, 2015 Helen Battad
Nov 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2015 Melissa Miller
Nov 15, 2015 Bridget Blitz
Nov 15, 2015 E Chu
Nov 15, 2015 Debi Hertel
Nov 15, 2015 Lorinda Roland
Nov 15, 2015 Isabela Lund

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