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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: 17,580
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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


Aug 1, 2014 Mary McBride
Jul 31, 2014 Virginia Culbert
Jul 31, 2014 Melissa Rodriguez
Jul 30, 2014 Sherrie Rozniecki
Jul 29, 2014 E Blankers
Jul 29, 2014 Anthony Maddaluno
Jul 29, 2014 Michelle Smith
Jul 29, 2014 Antonio Pereira
Jul 28, 2014 Cynthia Lantz
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Education should be a right for all
Jul 24, 2014 Maridell Price
Jul 24, 2014 Maryann Fuhrmann
Jul 24, 2014 Nina Hirsch
Jul 24, 2014 Carmen Williams
Jul 24, 2014 Vera Terzopoulou
Jul 21, 2014 Heather McHale
Jul 21, 2014 Donna Hatchell
Jul 21, 2014 Mary Pat Utech Every young woman deserves an education. It will enrich her country as well as her family. Fact proven.
Jul 20, 2014 Mary Menes Hanlen
Jul 20, 2014 Nida Khan
Jul 20, 2014 Amber Star
Jul 20, 2014 Rebecca West Is a shinning example of HOPE
Jul 20, 2014 Amelia Melo
Jul 20, 2014 Kelly Marchel
Jul 20, 2014 Bonnie Edwards
Jul 20, 2014 Linda Looney
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 Roberto Angarita
Jul 20, 2014 Diane DiMauro
Jul 20, 2014 Jan Sprotte
Jul 20, 2014 Virginia Carrizo
Jul 20, 2014 Laurie Huss
Jul 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) I definitely support all women and children to be able to be educated in the whole without fear, torture or any type of retribution what so ever at any time or age in life.
Jul 19, 2014 Kelly Grkinich
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Jul 19, 2014 Kara Steffen
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Jul 19, 2014 Deborah DePaoli
Jul 19, 2014 Leanora Frisco
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Jul 19, 2014 Jennie Chao Education is the major predictor of an improvement in child mortality rates, literacy, and poverty levels!
Jul 19, 2014 Adriana Luna Education is the solution...
Jul 19, 2014 Nicholas Akbari Dear Mr. Kerry, Everyone deserves fair right to have education and as the nation who pioneer for the human right in the world, we must support the girls in less fortunate countries. Thanks in advance, Nicholas Akbari
Jul 19, 2014 Franck Gauthier
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Jul 19, 2014 Josie Loko
Jul 19, 2014 Saskia Birkinshaw
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Jul 19, 2014 Donna Hays This girl is a great example for standing up for what she believes. I love her. She's awesome!
Jul 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) I support this petition

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