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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


Sep 2, 2014 Karen Atkinson
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Lorna Davies
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 HEBE MARTORELLA
Aug 27, 2014 Sharon Stolt
Aug 27, 2014 Karla Kuipers No one should be denied an education; to do so is oppressive and unjust. Please keep this important issue at the forefront. Thank you for the work you do.
Aug 27, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 Vikki Hallen
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cathy Thomas
Aug 25, 2014 Chiara Chittofrati
Aug 24, 2014 Stephanie Black
Aug 22, 2014 Esther García de Diego
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) All children should be able to receive an education without the fear of being harmed. This includes females. Knowledge is power.
Aug 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2014 Rebecca Odom
Aug 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2014 Rob Pattison A fantastic youn woman.
Aug 15, 2014 Christine Gilinger
Aug 15, 2014 debbie mason
Aug 15, 2014 Amanda Eastwood
Aug 15, 2014 mieke wilms
Aug 15, 2014 susan wesley
Aug 14, 2014 Sandra Chinea Amoros
Aug 14, 2014 Anne Riddle Please support this worthy cause x
Aug 14, 2014 Helen Templeton
Aug 14, 2014 L Brooks
Aug 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2014 Pamela Black
Aug 14, 2014 Irina Georgieva You are an inspiration for a lot of young girls all over the world! Thank you. Good luck.
Aug 14, 2014 Cristina Chelariu
Aug 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2014 Bronny Slowe
Aug 14, 2014 Robin Karlsson
Aug 14, 2014 Susanne Boughton Keep up your good work.
Aug 14, 2014 Rebecca Ford
Aug 14, 2014 Bev Morris If you want to change the world for the better, forever, educate girls and women.
Aug 14, 2014 Jeanette Levesque
Aug 14, 2014 Anna Casey You are one very brave lady.
Aug 13, 2014 Merethe Hanøy
Aug 13, 2014 Teresa Kline Sad we even have to have a petition for this!
Aug 13, 2014 ANTONINETTE Sullivan
Aug 13, 2014 Stacie Haydon
Aug 13, 2014 Karl Paloucek
Aug 13, 2014 Leanne Holm
Aug 13, 2014 Tatiana Novak
Aug 13, 2014 Tricia Moses I support & encourage Malala's vision for women to have the right to an Education.

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