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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.
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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

Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2014 Danica Bonine
Jul 9, 2014 Luisa Jiménez
Jul 9, 2014 Quentin Babel
Jul 8, 2014 Kenneth Sanchez
Jul 8, 2014 Jessica Reyes Armenta
Jul 8, 2014 Gina Freitas
Jul 8, 2014 Amy Tray
Jul 8, 2014 Sarah Talley
Jul 7, 2014 Theresia Tejakusuma
Jul 6, 2014 Tom Kindler
Jul 6, 2014 Gail Wanliss
Jul 5, 2014 Rebecca Holzer
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Jul 4, 2014 Soreliz Cesari
Jul 4, 2014 Tomalyn Bailey
Jul 3, 2014 Christine Frisco RN
Jul 2, 2014 J.S. Simpson
Jul 2, 2014 Josilene Nascimento
Jul 2, 2014 Eva Maillard
Jul 1, 2014 Erik Karlström
Jul 1, 2014 Elizabeth Samson
Jun 29, 2014 Rick Whitten One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen Can Change The World
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Jun 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2014 Suzanne Halka Dear Secretary Kerry, Please do all you can to help end the discrimination and violence against women, girls, and their education. We should do all we can to help ensure that Malala's work becomes reality in Pakistan and throughout the world.
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Jun 28, 2014 Tammie Thier
Jun 28, 2014 laura larrison
Jun 28, 2014 Anne Winter
Jun 28, 2014 Lane Page ..
Jun 28, 2014 Sussn Pencall
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Jun 28, 2014 Enrique Becerro
Jun 28, 2014 Natividad Becerro
Jun 28, 2014 Sofia Becerro
Jun 28, 2014 Purnima Toolsidass
Jun 28, 2014 Hope Kelly
Jun 28, 2014 M Busch
Jun 28, 2014 John Davis Support this girl's bravery!
Jun 28, 2014 Juliana Wagner
Jun 28, 2014 Courtney Marre
Jun 28, 2014 Ruth O'Dwyer Evert child in the world has this right
Jun 28, 2014 Liv Graham
Jun 28, 2014 Robert Kozlowski
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Jun 28, 2014 Celia Salinero Alonso
Jun 28, 2014 Susan Vanderburgh
Jun 28, 2014 Stanley Brooks
Jun 28, 2014 Tracey Hey

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