In the United States, we take education for granted—for girls and boys. In some places, though, it is a much different story for girls.
As you may know from our Stand With Malala campaign, Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old girl from Swat, Pakistan, is a tireless advocate for the right of all Pakistani girls to receive an education. Malala spoke courageously in favor of children’s rights and girls’ education, even in the face of Taliban extremists banning girls from attending school.
On October 9, 2012, Malala was riding a bus home from her school. A Taliban gunman stopped the bus, asked for Malala, and shot her in the head. She was severely injured, and airlifted to England for further treatment.
Most of Pakistan, and most of the world, condemned this barbaric assault on Malala. Our hearts are with Malala and her family at this time, and our foremost concern is for her full recovery.
We also want to recognize and honor Malala’s courage and passion. In the U.S. Congress, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced H.R. 6558, a bill to award Malala a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States. The bill currently has 47 co-sponsors in the House—but it needs many more co-sponsors to have a chance of passing Congress before the end of the year!
Take action for Malala and tell your Member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 6558, which lets the world know our nation stands behind this amazing young woman and all the girls she represents around the world.
Ask Congress to Stand With Malala
Dear [Decision Maker],
You are probably familiar with the story of a Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai. This courageous 15-year-old made a name for herself by pushing for girls to be able to attend school in Pakistan's Swat Valley--despite Taliban efforts to ban the education of girls in that region.On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman brutally shot her in the head on her school bus. She is currently in England receiving treatment, where I hope that she will be able to recover fully.I also believe that the U.S. Congress should honor her courage, and recognize her passion that all girls deserve to go to school. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas introduced H.R. 6558, a bill to award Malala a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States.I need your help. If this bill is to pass Congress before the end of this year, it needs additional co-sponsors. Please honor Malala and co-sponsor H.R. 6558, to grant Malala a Congressional Gold Medal. We need to let the world know that our nation stands behind this amazing young woman, and all the girls she represents around the world.Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to your response.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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