The attempt on Malala’s life brought worldwide attention to girls’ rights to education, but, unfortunately, seeking an education is still dangerous for young women in Pakistan. Over the weekend a bus carrying female medical students was bombed by a suicide bomber. Survivors were then attacked a second time en route to the hospital.
The Daily Beast is reporting that 14 girls were killed in the initial bus bombing, and that there were least eight more casualties from the hospital attack. CNN, meanwhile, is reporting that 28 deaths occurred as a result of what happened at the hospital. The Daily Beast also reports that the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has announced that they are behind this tragedy.
A petition to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been created, stating: “After the recent violent murder of 14 girls in Pakistan who simply wanted an education, I support the civil rights struggle of 57 million girls and boys who will not go to school today — or any day. Side by side with Malala, we demand that at the United Nations General Assembly world leaders agree to fund the new teachers, schools and books we need — and to end child labour, child marriage and child trafficking — so that by December 2015 we meet the Millennium Development promise that every boy and girl be at school.”
Malala was the first to sign the petition, and she’s calling on everyone to join her. "This was a cowardly and desperate attempt to deny girls their right to education," she said in a statement released on Monday. The brave young activist will be giving a speech on July 12 (her 16th birthday) at the United Nations, and signing this petition would not only be a great birthday gift, but it would honor the lives of those recently lost and give new opportunities to millions of young girls.