Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban over her support for women’s education, told Jon Stewart what she would do if confronted again.
“The Daily Show” host, who put his comedian hat aside during Yousafzai’s appearance earlier this week, seemed in awe of the girl as she promoted her book, “I am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.”
“We don’t know the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands,” Yousafzai said her of love of education.
When the Taliban prohibited Pakistani girls from seeking an education, she said she felt the need to speak up.
“Education is a power for women, and that’s why the terrorists are afraid of education,” she said.
Although Yousafzai was told the terrorists wanted her dead, she said didn’t take the threats seriously. She was, after all, just 14 at the time.
If confronted by the Taliban again, Yousafzai said she would ask her attacker whether he’d want his own children to be properly educated, then say, “That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
Yousafzai’s appeared on “The Daily Show” before this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was announced. Although she was nominated and many considered her a shoe-in, she didn’t get the nod.
The prize instead went to the Netherlands-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons — not for anything it had actually done, but for what the committee anticipated it would do in the future.
The committee did the same thing four years ago, when it awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize – and look where that got us.
Watch this amazing interview of an amazing young woman via the Comedy Channel.
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