The Daily Show – Malala Yousafzai Extended Interview

The Daily Show – Malala Yousafzai Extended Interview


(electronic skittering) (audience cheering)
– Welcome back. My guest tonight,
she’s an advocate for girls’ access to
education worldwide, is the youngest person
ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Her new book is
called I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood
Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban. Please welcome to the program Malala Yousafzai. (rousing orchestral music) (audience applause and cheering) – Nice to see you. – Thank you. – Thank you for being here. – Thank you so much. It’s an honor for me. – It is an honor for us. I know me. (laughter) This is– By the way, we talked a
little bit before the show. Nothing feels better
than making you laugh. I will say that. I enjoyed that very much.
– (laughs) Thank you. – I Am Malala. It’s honestly
humbling to meet you. You’re 16. Where did your love for
education come from? – We are human beings,
and this is the part of our human nature,
that we don’t learn the importance of anything until it’s snatched
from our hands. And when, in
Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to
school, at that time, I realize that 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 then women would
become more powerful. (audience applause)
– Exactly. Exactly right. When did the Taliban
come to Swat Valley? Because before then,
you describe it as a paradise, of sorts. – The Taliban came in
2004, but at that time, they were quite good. They did not show their, the terrorism and
they did not blast any school at that time. But they started the
real terrorism in 2007. They have blasted more
than 400 schools in Swat. They have slaughtered people, and in the month
of January 2009, they used to slaughter
even two, three people every night, and they
have flogged women. We have seen the
barbaric situation of the 21st century,
and we have seen… the cruelty, and we have
seen harsh days in our life; and those we regarded as the
darkest days of our life. So it was really hard
for us at that time. – You describe, in the book, still, no matter what, they took the signs
off of schools. They went underground. But they continued
in the face of– You spoke out publicly
against the Taliban. What gave you the
courage to continue this? – You know, my father was great encouragement for me,
because he spoke of, he spoke out for women’s rights. He spoke out for
girls’ education. At that time, I said
that, “Why shall I wait “for someone else? “Why shall I be looking
to the government, “to the army, that
they would help us? “Why don’t I raise my voice? “Why don’t we speak
up for our rights?” The girls of Swat, they
spoke up for their rights. I started writing
diary, I spoke on every media channel that I could,
and I raised my voice on every platform that I could. And I said, “I need
to tell the world “what is happening in Swat; “and I need to
tell the world that “Swat is suffering
from terrorism, “and we need to fight
against terrorism.” – When did you realize… the Taliban had
made you a target? – When, in 2012, we were– I was with my father,
and someone came, and she told us that,
“Have you seen on Google “that if you search your name, “the Taliban have
threatened you?” And I just could not believe it. I said, “No, it’s not true.” And even after that
threat, when we saw it, I was not worried
about myself that much. I was worried about my father, because we thought that
the Taliban are not that much cruel, that
they would kill a child, because I was 14 at that time. But then later on,
I used to start– 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 myself that, “Malala, just take
a shoe and hit him;” but then I said… (laughter) 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 that much “with cruelty, and
that much harshly. “You must fight others,
but through peace “and through dialogue,
and through education.” Then I said, “I’ll
tell him how important “education is, and
that I even want “education for your
children as well;” and I would tell him, “that’s
what I want to tell you. “Now do what you want.” (audience applause and cheering) – Um. I wanna ask you. I know your father is backstage, and he’s very proud of you. But would he be mad… If I adopted you? (laughter) Because you sure are swell. Could you stick around? I wanna talk a
little bit more about Swat Valley and what it
was like growing up there, and how people can get involved
through the Malala Fund, and those types of things. Do you have a
little bit of time? – Yeah, yeah, sure. – That would be wonderful. Thank you so much. I Am Malala is on
the bookshelves now. Donate to the Malala Fund. Visit www.malalafund.org . Malala Yousafzai. We’ll be right back.
(rousing orchestral music) (audience applause) – Wonderful to
listen to you talk. We’re back: we’re
talking to Malala. The book I Am Malala is
on shelves right now. Your love of school reminds
me so much of my children. (laughter) Okay, maybe not. The people of Swat Valley. When the Talib first came, they thought they’re
bringing order. They’re bringing services. They established a
court that was faster than Pakistani courts.
– Yeah. – And the people responded. When did that begin to turn? – When the Taliban came,
they were trying to convince people, and they were just
misusing the name of Islam, and they were telling
people, “We will just set up “another court for you,
and we will provide you “justice on time;”
because usually, in courts in Pakistan, people
dies and their case is not yet resolving in the courts. So that’s what is happening
in the courts of Pakistan. So people just said like,
“If the Taliban are doing it, “why don’t we support them?” But then they were
that much crueler. They started
slaughtering people, and they even blasted a
generator of electricity and it was the month of
Ramadan, in which we keep fast, in which we don’t
eat on the day, in which we don’t drink
for the whole day. They blasted the
electricity generators, which was providing electricity to the whole city of Mingora; and we could not have
water because it is, electricity’s related
to water supply as well. And people were
sitting in the dark, people could not buy
electricity generators, people were just sitting
in the light of candles, and people were just dying
of thirst at that time. But my father is a great father, because he bought
generator for the school to create electricity and to provide water to the street and to that community, but still many people were suffering from that hard situation;
and other than that, our freedom was taken from us.
– [Jon] Yes. – The women’s freedom. We could not go to market, we were not allowed
to go to school, we were just kept imprisoned. We were just limited to the
four walls of our house. Women’s rights were
denied at that 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 men. – What, wait! Whoa!
(women cheering) Wait, what? What?
(Malala laughing) I– wait! (whistling)
You know, Malala… This was going so well.
(laughter) You were doing so beautifully, and then suddenly, bam! This is the part that they, they began to say,
“You cannot dance. – Yeah.
– “You cannot, “the women cannot
do these things.” You say that many people
believe this is a… wrong interpretation
of Islam, of the Koran. Why have the Taliban, and these more extreme groups, been able to be successful? Is it the fear that they
bring to these towns? Is that why the people have had
a hard time throwing it off? – The first thing is that,
they were really cruel. They had Kalashnikovs, they
had guns in their hand. And if I have a gun in my hand, and I tell you
something, ‘do this,’ you have to do that,
because it’s for your life. So there was fear all around. That’s why people
could not say anything. Then the second thing
was that they were misusing the name of Islam. They were telling people that “We are doing this for Islam, “we are doing this for Allah, “we are doing this for
Prophet, peace be upon him.” So essentially, they
were using religion for their own personal benefit. That’s also the reason. But then later on, people
tried to realize this, and the girls are very brave. And girls in our
school, like we were at that time, we were
just 11 or 12 years old. But we spoke up for our
rights to every media channel, to every newspaper
that we could. And we did not know at that
time that our small interview would have an impact
or not, but it had. Because we were
raising up our voice and we were speaking
up for our rights. And we were speaking
for peace in Swat. We wanted to live a normal life, because Swat is like
a paradise on Earth. I believe in two paradises: one I’ll get after death, but the other one
that is on Earth, for me, that is Swat, because Swat is
really beautiful, and you would be
astonished when you see the lush green hills,
and when you see the tall mountains, and
the rivers that we have, the crystal-clear water,
and you can find trout, so it’s really beautiful:
you’ll love Swat. – Malala, I’m from New Jersey. (laughter and cheering)
So… I know a little
something about paradise. (laughter)
The beaches– It does, it sounds
magnificent, and it’s, it is heartbreaking,
because you see what these children want, and
what these people want, is to just live in peace without having this
imposed on them. – Yeah.
– And I think– We don’t know what
to do to help. You know, there are
passages in the book about the United States. And we come out great.
(laughter) But there is, there are attacks in Swat and in those
areas with drones, and they talk about
a man, a CIA agent, who shot two men in Lahore. Raymond–
– Davis. – And this is, I think we have a common want and desire, but perhaps are not accomplishing it in the manner that
shows the people… how we feel; but in some ways, we don’t know what else to do. What is your thought on that? – I think that the people of
America, the United States, they truly support
peace, and they say that “We must not fight
against war through war.” They believe that
dialogue is the best way. And we must try to
find a solution for it. And in my opinion, the
solution that would work to fight all these wars
and all these problems that people are facing,
is only education. Because you can– you can stop war for a second, but you don’t know it
would start again or not. We have seen First World War, we have seen Second World War, and 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, as we can see,
the children are suffering from terrorism, they are
suffering from child labor and child trafficking. They are also suffering from the cultural norms
and tradition. These are, there is
not only one issue that we are facing through. There are many others as well. So I think education
is the best way. People will be thinking,
just going to school, learning about chemistry,
and physics, and maths, and that’s it. Going to school is not
only learning about different subjects: it
teaches you communication, it teaches you how to live
a life, it teaches you about history, it teaches you
about how science is working. And other than that, you
learn about equality; because students are
provided the same benches, they sit equally, it
shows us equality, it teaches students how to
live with others together, how to accept each
other’s language, how to accept each
other’s traditions and each other’s religion. It also teaches us justice. It also teaches us respect. It teaches us how
to live together. So that’s why I support the, I support the idea of
sending children to school, because it is the best
way to fight terrorism. And I want people to
support us in this cause, and through Malala
Foundation, we want to work for education of girls in
the developing countries, especially in Syria now. They are suffering,
they are homeless now. We want to help
children in Afghanistan, because they have been suffering
from terrorism for decades. We want to help the
children of India as well, because they are
victims of child labor. So I think issues and
problems are enormous; but solution is one,
and that is simple. That is education. (Jon stammering) (audience applause and cheering) – I am humbled. Humbled, to speak with you. – Thank you.
– I will say this. I don’t know where you
come from, (laughter) but I am very glad you’re here. Thank you for being here today. (audience applause and cheering) You’re wonderful. Please, get the book, donate to the Malala Fund by visiting www.malalafund.org . Malala Yousafzai. (audience applause and cheering)

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  1. I'm doing a project on Malala and she was perfect for women who changed history. She took a shot to the head just so girls/women could go to school

  2. My name is Lenin and I appreciate bravery of this girl.
    Some times we need to be Lenin but first always try to be Gandhi.
    May Allah bring peace in your life.

  3. Jon Stewart and Malala are characters on the world stage. Malala game into existence world wide when main stream media pushed their person of the decade: Malala

  4. She is tell a lie about education of women in pakistan . Im a pakistani there is no problem for women to get education in pakistan she is becoming innocent she is total drama

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  6. Look all the negative and nasty comments coming from the men. This is the proof she was right about everthing.

  7. I really don't understand why they are this much of dislikes ….people's really don't have heart's of kindness…..

  8. Malala is beautiful Malala is cute and she have everything on this earth may God bless you.We love you all Malala.

  9. Malala malala and malala …..what about other girls who were with malala they were shot at that time ….did someone ever talk about…..

  10. i agree with Malala girls are more powerful than men! woman are more powerful than men because us women go thru things men never will know and Malala is someone i want myself and others and my future kids to look up to!! we love you Malala <3

  11. Would we ever give Dr. Aafia Siddiqui a similar chance on the media? Im guessing not coz she was tortured by the White Taliban i.e. America

  12. I know that and every one say that she is great but why she come back to her country
    Today's Pakistan is peaceful country but she didn't comes back to her home and lovely country which we live

  13. What's massage she gives to world Army fight against Talaban and they gone and migrat from Pakistan and Sawat

  14. We go for a tour this eid through the way of swat,mangora and all the way to Behrain.
    I saw upto 10 group of people stoped there cars at different places and dancing.I saw great roads(they charge 0.15 doller per person to improve infrastructure.
    I saw alot of DSLRs.I saw people laughing only…I saw a single problem and that was 2 children coming toward us and asking for 0.3 doller for parking but we didnt park there and we were just taking u turn at there place.We didnt give them money btw.
    Swat was crowded AF.

  15. i dnt understand wht u said?? if thy want to kill u..u have r8 to defend urself..thn u cant say oh its cruel or its barbaric….i dnt agree tht.. if we dnt kill terrorist as a last resort ..thn thy will kill us…thts y america n russia targeting terrorist in south asia n middle east.. though civilian also killed there.. bt we have no alternative option….thts the teaching if islam..yeah it is peace n patience religion and at the same tym its cruel also with tht ppl who killed innocent civilians..

  16. The 1.3K dislikes all hit the button when she said “I even believe that a woman is more powerful than men”

  17. Remember that the Americans are the ones who created the Taliban terrorists and still support terrorists in Syria, America is the source of evil in the world

  18. Huge respect for this girl really it’s really very much honour for us to see you…and survived the head shot and still she is brave.

  19. 4:45 onward
    That's what Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said for the peace process in Afghanistan

  20. I am speechless.
    There is no words
    She is amazing !!
    Agar aise Ladki
    Mile saala puri life sacrifice kar du

  21. I'm a 7 grader Pakistani girl and we just learned about her a few days ago, now I'm here crying because of happiness from hearing her story. Idk what I would've done if I she wasn't born!

  22. Malala . I agree with you. Don't hit Taliban with shoe . They have a special place in volcano mountains. They should be all dropped there.

  23. Malala is a got gifted girl.Veryfew girl can get a chance to become like her.She is not only cute but has a class.The motherfucker who shot her, I think now he is crying everyday for his mistake.And I think who dislikes this video must be indian bastards and communal Hindus.These two terrorist country Always fight for their dirty politics.

  24. እኔም ሴት ልጅ አለችኝ እዳች ብትሆንልኝ እመኛለሁ ስሟን እራሱ ባንች ስም ነው የምጠራት

  25. She came from failed country and giving lecture to Americans about rights !!! Go back where u came from they need u more then US.

  26. Actually, Malala is western Product and dam care about her own country Pakistan after escaping from Pakistan. She has touched the Height of Hypocrisy when she is so concerned about Kashmir but keeps quiet what is happening in Pakistan's Baluchistan, Sindh, POK. She is nothing but white color business women only

  27. Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan (a nobel laureate for peace) is a liar, a puppet agent of Pakistani ISI, the state sponsored terrorist organization of Pakistan. Ironically Malala is spreading the same terrorism and hatred propaganda of Pakistani ISI of which she was once a victim and got sympathy of whole world. Malala Yousafzai is a face of terrorism. Stop Malala Yusuf, stop terrorism, reject Pakistan and Imran Khan.

  28. Good morning friends , how are you are you do regular morning exercises .this exercises put in your life is leading in your life any stage . If any one not follow he is his opinion what created himself doing it eating more food not doing exercises previously you do this way 60% then eating food tinned preserved food thouse who eat heavy body created then he face it sugar in blood created at the age of 30 years this is once attack life long used medicans used and also food restricted . After age 50 plus any leg injured then your leg removed from your body . Then your services end to your beloved family you not freely move all your dreams are not fulfilled . Your relation ships also reduced .so you take more care on your body you are good relation with all your family members and relatives with positive moments educationally in every class shine get good life created . Yshk viswanatham. MscBed

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