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AFT condemns shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani activist

AFT president Randi Weingarten calls the Oct. 9 assassination attempt on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who has campaigned for the right of Pakistani girls to receive an education, one of the most heinous, shocking acts imaginable.

"This young girl, brave and articulate beyond her years, just wants for her peers what the rest of the world takes for granted—an education that will help propel them to a better life," Weingarten says. "The Taliban have not only taken credit for this outrageous act but called Malala's campaign for female education an 'obscenity.' What is obscene is extremism in the name of Islam or any other religion or ideology. Malala was only speaking truth to power that education is the vital path to opportunity and progress for everyone, no matter what their gender or religion."

The AFT is asking the public to send the following message to the Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman: "Implore your government to redress the attempted assassination of Malala Yousafzai by immediately guaranteeing that every girl in Pakistan has access to high-quality education. It is an outrage that Malala's campaign for female education is vilified as an 'obscenity.' " [AFT press release]

October 11, 2012