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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

Feb 1, 2015 Kathy Aprile
Feb 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2015 Jan Lunsford
Feb 1, 2015 Terry Fuller
Feb 1, 2015 Beata Fajencka
Feb 1, 2015 Colin Taylor
Feb 1, 2015 Dave Mattozzi
Feb 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Everybody has a right to education.
Feb 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) What is done now will make both their and our future better or worse. Please, Mr. Kerry, work to help all those reaching for the pen not to end up with a gun instead. Thank you.
Feb 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2015 Sharon Weidensaul Mr. Kerry, Please support women's education. Thank You.
Feb 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Camilla Österlund
Jan 28, 2015 Kim Taylor
Jan 27, 2015 Vanda Human Every girl, woman, deserves to receive an education, what makes them different from the male population.
Jan 27, 2015 Catherine Rauscher
Jan 27, 2015 Anisa Faruqi
Jan 27, 2015 Carmen Calleja
Jan 27, 2015 Joan Stanton
Jan 27, 2015 l f
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 Rebecca Tarr
Jan 27, 2015 Lisa Capozzi
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Jan 26, 2015 Bronte Dahms
Jan 25, 2015 Rebeca Rauda
Jan 25, 2015 Rebeca Rauda
Jan 25, 2015 Mary Luketich
Jan 20, 2015 Melodie Meissner
Jan 19, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 19, 2015 Angela Campbell
Jan 19, 2015 Sheila Miller
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Jan 19, 2015 pamela guyon
Jan 19, 2015 Kim Sellon
Jan 18, 2015 LINDA FANCHER
Jan 18, 2015 Camile Dionne-West
Jan 15, 2015 Susan Martin
Jan 14, 2015 Margaret Ann Meyer
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Jan 10, 2015 Ann Erbacher Grey
Jan 9, 2015 karen howard
Jan 9, 2015 Heather Ruckman
Jan 8, 2015 Nicole Montgomery
Jan 8, 2015 Philip Davis
Jan 7, 2015 Christy ODonnell
Jan 6, 2015 Alicia Addeo
Jan 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2015 Richard Jones Every daughter on the planet has the right to be educated in a non-secular environment, free from misogyny.
Jan 6, 2015 Sarah Murray Please help - education can help young girls from becoming child brides and help them create a strong support network of women to improve the country and the world.

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