In Swat Valley, where she lived, education was banned for all women and girls by the Taliban. The Taliban destroyed schools and issues statements threatening girls not to go to school. In 2009, when she was only 11-12 years old, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule. Her inspiring actions attracted a lot of attention; New York Times filmed a documentary about her. On October 9 2012, the Taliban initiated an assassination attempt on her due to all the media she was getting. Luckily she survived, her courage unwavering. Now, she has a book coming out called I Am Malala, exemplifying her experience under Taliban rule and how she became an education activist. Just recently she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is the youngest person to have been nominated for the award.
Malala and her passion for education is so inspiring. During her interview with Jon Stewart, she was asked why she thought education was so important and why she was willing to risk her life for it. She replied, "We are human beings, and this is a part of our human nature. We don't learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands. And in Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to school, at that time I realized education is very important and education is the power for women and that's why the terrorists are afraid of education. They do not want women to get education because women will become more powerful." Jon Stuart then followed to ask her the emotions that ran through her head when she discovered that the Taliban was issuing threats to her specifically. She said, "I started thinking about that, 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 what do you want?' " This interview has left both me, and Jon Stewart utterly speechless. Her intelligence and passion is so prevalent. The interview is embedded below, be sure to check it out!
Article by Katie Lan