The story of Malala Yousafzai is pretty phenomenal. The 16-year-old Pakistani school pupil has become a face of education and female rights advocacy over the past few years, and also rose to fame after being the target of a nearly-successful Taliban assassination attempt. The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee is on a press tour of the United States to promote her new book “I Am Malala,” and she stopped by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for a fantastic and informative interview about her history and stance on education.
“We are human beings, and this is a part of our human nature that we don’t learn the importance of anything until it’s snatched from our hands,” she says. “In Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to school, at that time I realized that education is very important and education is a power for women, and that is why the terrorists are afraid of education. They do not want women to get education because then women will be come more powerful.”
Stewart held an extended online-only interview with Yousafzai where she goes more in depth about the way the Taliban took away women’s rights and how she became targeted by the terrorism organization.
“Women’s rights were denied at the time and that’s why I spoke, because I believe in equality and I believe that there is no difference between a man and a woman. I even believe that a woman is more powerful than a man,” she tells Stewart, to which he responds with faux disbelief.
Yousafzai then goes on to explain why she think education is important to combat the upcoming World War III that she foresees.
“I think third World War is coming, but I believe that we must stop it now. I don’t want to see a third World War in this world again. And the best way to fight against this war is education because children are suffering from terrorism, they are suffering from child labor and child trafficking,” Yousafzai explains. “They’re also suffering from the culture norms and traditions. There is not only one issue we are facing to, there are many others as well, so I think education is the best way.”
After voicing her solid argument for why education is so important for youths in countries like Pakistan, Stewart spoke for all of us when he said, “I don’t know where you come from, but I’m very glad you’re here.” Watch the full extended interview below.