Watch 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Leave Jon Stewart Speechless

MALALA Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for womens rights and access to education, appeared on the Daily Show last night, ahead of Friday’s pending announcement for the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Her answer to one of Jon Stewart’s questions left him speechless.

An outspoken critic of the Taliban’s tactics in her native Swat Valley from a young age, Malala was the subject of an attempted assassination at the hands of a Taliban gunman because she was unafraid to speak out.

Then, at just 14 years old, a Talib fighter boarded her bus, pointed a pistol at her head, and pulled the trigger. But she survived, made a full recovery in England, and has become and transformative figure in human rights.

Now, she is poised to become the youngest Nobel Peace laureate ever.

In the key moment of the interview, Stewart asked her how she reacted when she learned that the Taliban wanted her dead. Her answer was absolutely remarkable

I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said ‘if he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said ‘if you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well,’ and I will tell him, ‘that’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’

Watch below:

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5 thoughts on “Watch 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Leave Jon Stewart Speechless

  1. One of my daughters complains a great deal about going to school. So, the documentary “Girl Rising” came to our area. Malala is mentioned in the film. Her perspective changed for better after viewing the film. This young lady’s compassion is remarkable.

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  2. Why is this tied to women’s rights only. In the afghanistan region it is not only women that suffer illiteracy but men as well. Comments coming from moderate muslims indicate that it is the men that are kept illiterate by the imans in order to then indoctrinate them in terrorism and other horrific practices. Perhaps education should be for everyone not women only. Or is not the average male in these countries worthy of human rights activism?

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