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When I was 14-years-old, I was probably licking chocolate off my fingers while trying to decide which MySpace picture to default. But for Malala Yousafzai, things were much different.
At age 14 Yousafazi, now 16 years old, was shot by the Taliban for promoting women’s rights in her home country of Pakistan. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and has written a book titled, “I am Malala.” Yousafazi was recently a guest on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, and awed guests with her maturity and strength.
“It’s honestly humbling to meet you,” Stewart said at the beginning of the interview.
Yousafazi’s entire interview was inspiring. She discussed the importance of education for everyone and how the Taliban fears educated women because education gives people power. She spoke with passion in her voice, and both experience and emotion in her eyes.
After Yousafazi answered Stewart’s questions there were periods of loud applause, whistling and cheering from the audience, and it was beautiful to see such support for a worthy cause.
“We are human beings and this is part of our human nature that we don’t learn the importance of anything until it’s snatched from our hands,” Yousafazi said in reference to education.
The bravery it took for her to stand up against the Taliban is beyond admirable. Here’s hoping that Malala is able to go far in life, and that anyone who has not seen this video yet will check it out.