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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

May 25, 2015 Jonathan Peebles
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May 22, 2015 renata rusca
May 17, 2015 Suzanna Verbaan
May 15, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 14, 2015 Rose Sullivan
May 13, 2015 Patricia Stratton
May 10, 2015 Susan Fisher
May 10, 2015 Donita Lowrey
May 8, 2015 Margaret Rigsby
May 8, 2015 Danielle Schultz
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May 5, 2015 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
May 2, 2015 Diana Lobodzinska
May 2, 2015 Jennifer Dean
May 1, 2015 Laura Fernández
Apr 30, 2015 Eliise Buffie
Apr 29, 2015 Sandra Jesionek
Apr 28, 2015 Kristen Gilkeson
Apr 28, 2015 Alexandra Maran
Apr 28, 2015 Anja Mielke
Apr 22, 2015 Dave Davis
Apr 22, 2015 Ron Fowler
Apr 21, 2015 Lynn Cornish
Apr 21, 2015 Diane Gibson
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Apr 21, 2015 toby cook
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Apr 20, 2015 Karyn Harden
Apr 20, 2015 Jeri Gedrose
Apr 20, 2015 Maria Simao
Apr 20, 2015 Trisha Hofferts This young woman is truly an amazing spirit,we need to get behind her cause for educating women...
Apr 20, 2015 Mariana Maldonado Girls are powerful and beautiful.
Apr 20, 2015 Jodi Abel
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Apr 20, 2015 wilma van der spek
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Apr 20, 2015 Mark Satterthwait
Apr 20, 2015 sarah carver
Apr 20, 2015 Jill Stanton
Apr 20, 2015 Robin Yee Wei Zheng Give girls their right to be educated!!
Apr 20, 2015 Alicia Baker
Apr 20, 2015 Bonnie-Jean Creais
Apr 20, 2015 jane downey
Apr 20, 2015 Linda Cook
Apr 20, 2015 Jodie Hamilton Women are our real chance for achieving Peace on Earth!
Apr 20, 2015 Jo-Anne Sutherland
Apr 20, 2015 Louise Beasley
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Apr 19, 2015 Antonio Almansa

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