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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

Apr 19, 2014 Pilar Sarmiento
Apr 19, 2014 Lisa Stevenson
Apr 19, 2014 Diane Carroll
Apr 18, 2014 Judy Meade-Silaj
Apr 18, 2014 Kathryn LeMosy
Apr 18, 2014 Gabriella Ciancone
Apr 18, 2014 Martha Tack
Apr 18, 2014 Charisse Wise
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Apr 16, 2014 Adrianne Tompkins
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Apr 15, 2014 Melissa Montalvo
Apr 14, 2014 Doris Volmar
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Apr 13, 2014 Brianna Gonzalez
Apr 12, 2014 Jalisa Jones
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Apr 8, 2014 Connie Dotson
Apr 7, 2014 Therese Bui
Apr 4, 2014 Graeme Collie
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Apr 3, 2014 Nieske Schaatsbergen-DeJongh
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Apr 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) A very courageous young woman. God bless her.
Apr 2, 2014 Sharonne Fenech
Apr 2, 2014 Miranda Madison
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Apr 1, 2014 Lynn Edgar
Apr 1, 2014 Dawn Cumings
Apr 1, 2014 Robert Dotson
Apr 1, 2014 davean figueroa
Mar 31, 2014 Mari-Anne Gundersen
Mar 30, 2014 Gail Hart She deserves our support.
Mar 30, 2014 Janice Odynsky
Mar 30, 2014 Stephen Baranowski
Mar 30, 2014 Mary Ann Barnes
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Mar 30, 2014 Mary Ellen Clasgens
Mar 29, 2014 Christina Wellner
Mar 27, 2014 Ann Zimmerman
Mar 27, 2014 Sarah Ganong
Mar 27, 2014 Arya Ouskouian
Mar 27, 2014 Ailsa Wu
Mar 26, 2014 gina wahl
Mar 26, 2014 Jill Curry All girls need access to education. Economically--for the world--it is the wisest investment that can be made. Please support this endeavor, Secretary Kerry.

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