In a shocking act of violence, fourteen year old girl, Malala Yousufzai was brutally shot by the Taleban last week as she sat on a bus on her way home from school. Join Amnesty International in condemning the violence and join our online action.
Targeted for her outspoken views on the right of girls to receive an education, Malala has now been flown to the UK to receive specialist treatment for her head injuries. She is reportedly making slow but steady progress in her recovery. Two fellow students, Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Ahmed were also injured.
The Taleban militants have said that if she survives, they will target her again.
Governments and individuals around the world have universally condemned the attacks and expressed deep outrage.
“It is outrageous that a child is shot in any circumstances, but shot for expressing a view about being able to have an education is abhorrent", says Michael Hayworth, Amnesty International Australia’s Crisis Response Campaign Coordinator.
“Living free from violence and discrimination is a human right, yet millions of women and girls like Malala suffer from violence in their homes, in their communities, and at the hands of the state.”
“The Pakistani Government must use this case as an example to the Taleban that it cannot suppress the rights of women and must bring the perpetrators to swift justice.”
Amnesty International Australia has launched an online action for Australians to show their support for Malala, and calling on the Prime Minister of Pakistan to ensure that human rights defenders, particularly women activists in Pakistan, receive the necessary protection to carry out their work without fear of attack.