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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

Apr 19, 2015 Maria Duran
Apr 19, 2015 Melissa Dawdy It only takes common sense to see the importance of supporting Malala's fight for education!
Apr 19, 2015 Amberleigh Kemeza
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Apr 19, 2015 Elizabeth Cabell
Apr 19, 2015 Melinda grey
Apr 19, 2015 maranna latimer
Apr 19, 2015 Drusilla Delp
Apr 19, 2015 Jeanette Ellul
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Apr 18, 2015 Shirley Vaughn
Apr 18, 2015 Sharon Carroll
Apr 18, 2015 Judy Hart
Apr 18, 2015 tom murray
Apr 18, 2015 Amber Spencer
Apr 17, 2015 Krista Shafer
Apr 17, 2015 Anthony Pfohl
Apr 17, 2015 Denny Vanstone
Apr 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2015 Jan Bowden Brave young lady! We should all speak up for our truth!
Apr 16, 2015 Elizabeth Snyder~Baldonado
Apr 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2015 Allane Wood
Apr 16, 2015 Anna Marie Swoffer
Apr 16, 2015 Rui Pina
Apr 16, 2015 Stella Bennett
Apr 15, 2015 xiomara rosario
Apr 15, 2015 Robbin Washington
Apr 15, 2015 Vivian Hih
Apr 15, 2015 Jessica Dodd
Apr 15, 2015 Crystal Graziano
Apr 14, 2015 Wesley Quinn
Apr 14, 2015 MARIA SIMAO
Apr 13, 2015 Susanne Goga-Klinkenberg
Apr 13, 2015 Emma Meunier
Apr 13, 2015 Kathleen Darland Lack of education in the world is an extremely important problem to correct.
Apr 13, 2015 Fiorella Lion
Apr 13, 2015 luxci keish
Apr 13, 2015 Tracy Knapp
Apr 13, 2015 Susan Ray
Apr 13, 2015 Aleix Gonzalez
Apr 13, 2015 (Name not displayed) ALL people deserve an education, including girls and women.
Apr 13, 2015 Debra Gray
Apr 13, 2015 Jane Lightning Please support this visionary young woman's cause...
Apr 13, 2015 deb christie
Apr 13, 2015 Deb Adair
Apr 13, 2015 Sharon Novak
Apr 13, 2015 Elaine Ziebart
Apr 13, 2015 Marijke Hanke

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