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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

Jul 4, 2015 Sandra Loud
Jun 29, 2015 Sally Bates Men are so afraid of women/girls they have to curtail and bind them!!
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 Virginia Allgaier
Jun 28, 2015 Priyanka Adams
Jun 27, 2015 n. gottlieb
Jun 25, 2015 Maureen North
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent
Jun 24, 2015 Ruth Widmann
Jun 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2015 Jane Harrison
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 17, 2015 susana guillamon
Jun 17, 2015 Annie Smit
Jun 15, 2015 Andrea Whalen
Jun 14, 2015 Marco Cattalani
Jun 12, 2015 S. Marsh
Jun 12, 2015 Constance Hinson
Jun 11, 2015 Sigrid Block
Jun 11, 2015 Pam McHugh
Jun 11, 2015 Yasiu Kruszynski
Jun 11, 2015 Gary Gately
Jun 11, 2015 Cheryl Silverberg please she has given up so much to speak out. help her.
Jun 11, 2015 Beau Clemmons Love to Malala, and most importantly, Pakistani girls everywhere!
Jun 11, 2015 Laura Warner
Jun 11, 2015 Fran Walker
Jun 11, 2015 luxci krish
Jun 11, 2015 Bourquein Family
Jun 11, 2015 Carolyn Suchenicz
Jun 11, 2015 Willow Gallenz Malala gives courage to us all - please don't let her courage go unsupported!!!
Jun 11, 2015 kelly mccommon
Jun 11, 2015 Kim Gabel
Jun 11, 2015 bob whobrey
Jun 11, 2015 Roberta Lykins
Jun 11, 2015 Harold Lykins
Jun 11, 2015 gracan montpetit
Jun 11, 2015 Margaret Caffrey
Jun 11, 2015 (Name not displayed) Help these brave people in dangerous countries!!!
Jun 11, 2015 Robert & Elizabeth Wentzell Help all girls and women to get an education
Jun 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2015 Kathy Rapp
Jun 11, 2015 nancy gooch
Jun 11, 2015 Catherine Fields
Jun 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2015 Suzann W No poor excuses for men should be allowed to dictate what women can or cannot do.
Jun 11, 2015 Mahboobeh Mohebkhah Siahmezgi We support you Malala. The world will be a better place with educated women. You are the future.
Jun 11, 2015 Kerri Darrington
Jun 11, 2015 Marjorie Coey
Jun 11, 2015 SUE GRIFFITHS
Jun 11, 2015 Paul Siemering

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