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  • - You really are so impressive and so inspirational,

  • and I am so happy to have you here.

  • I watched the documentary, I have read your book,

  • and if you haven't, you must read this.

  • It's quite a story.

  • So you were shot in the face at 15 years old,

  • and you have no anger towards the man who shot you.

  • How is that possible?

  • - I think they made a big mistake,

  • because I was fighting for the right of education

  • right from the beginning when the Taliban stopped girls

  • from going to school.

  • But I had this little bit of fear that

  • what would happen to me, how would I feel

  • if someone attacks me,

  • but after that incident when I was attacked,

  • that fear just went away.

  • And as I said in my speech at the United Nations

  • that my weakness, my fear,

  • and my hopelessness died on that day.

  • And I became stronger than before.

  • And now I strongly believe that nothing can stop me,

  • in this mission and this campaign of education,

  • to say that girls deserve the right to go to school,

  • and I--it's the love of people as well,

  • that has encouraged me and helped me

  • not to think about what I have been through in my life.

  • When I see people praying for me,

  • taking care of me and sending cards and letters every day,

  • it makes me stronger.

  • It makes me stronger every day, and I feel that,

  • whatever happened to me, I should now forget about it

  • and continue my life with more courage and more work.

  • [cheers and applause]

  • - Well... [cheers and applause]

  • I am so glad that you came out of that experience

  • as this person we are lucky to have you in the world,

  • because you're making such a difference.

  • You were in a coma for how long? - At least a week.

  • - And then it took you a long time to learn how to...

  • - Yes. - Speak and walk

  • and everything again.

  • - Then my parents came, and the doctors,

  • they would bring the cards that I had received,

  • and I just could not believe it.

  • It was astonishing that--

  • I'm going through this difficult situation

  • but there's so much love out there,

  • and it's helping me to forget about

  • all the pain that I'm going through.

  • - Yeah, there was a lot of love, a lot of people,

  • and it really did raise awareness in a way

  • that never had happened before.

  • Your parents are in the audience right now,

  • and I know that your dad empowered you tremendously.

  • How did he do that?

  • Well, my father always says, "Ask me what I did

  • but ask me what I did not do, and I did not clip her wings."

  • So he has not clipped my wings. He has allowed me to fly,

  • high as I can, and this is how we want parents to be,

  • to allow their children to fulfill their dreams,

  • to achieve who they want to be.

  • It's not that girls don't have the skill

  • or don't have the talent to do something in their life.

  • It's that they are stopped in society.

  • So my father did not do that. He did not stop me,

  • and I'm really thankful to him;

  • also to my mother for giving me

  • this strength and this courage to go forward.

  • A little bit to my brothers. A little bit.

  • [audience laughter]

  • [cheers and applause]

  • - A little bit.

  • [cheers and applause]

  • That is so well put, in every one of those things.

  • I love your brothers, by the way.

  • It was good dancing with you. It was really fun.

  • [audience laughter]

  • So you won the Nobel Peace Prize,

  • and how did you find out you won?

  • - So I was in my chemistry lesson in school,

  • and--just studying about atoms and those things--

  • and suddenly my teacher came and she surprised me.

  • She said that "You have won the Nobel Peace Prize."

  • And I said, "Okay."

  • [audience laughter]

  • And then I said, "I want to finish my school,"

  • and--'cause I am standing up for education,

  • and I have been given this award because I am fighting

  • for children's rights to go to school,

  • so I deserve this right

  • to study today in school, finish my school day,

  • and then I'll go and have press interviews and stuff.

  • - Right. - So I finished that day.

  • - Instead of going to talk to the press,

  • you finished your school day.

  • You just decide--well, and that's why you are who you are.

  • [audience laughter]

  • So your big--I think that what's important here

  • is that we take it for granted here,

  • that girls go to school, and that we are able to be educated,

  • but I think that that is really important for young girls here

  • to understand that that's not--that women and children

  • are not treated the same way in other countries.

  • - Well, I see children having this quality education,

  • having all the facilities-- classrooms, science labs--

  • but unfortunately, around this world there are countries

  • where children do not even have desks to sit

  • and they do not even have chairs.

  • Some do not even have teachers in their schools,

  • and some do not even have schools at all.

  • And I really think that education helps you

  • to get an identity.

  • It helps you to know about your basic human rights.

  • It helps you to discover about yourself,

  • about your talents, about your skills,

  • and how you can help your community and your society.

  • So I did not want to be deprived of that,

  • of that opportunity myself,

  • and I want this for every child,

  • that no child should be deprived

  • of the basic human right of education.

  • [cheers and applause] - Yep.

  • [cheers and applause]

  • Amazing.

  • One thing that I love about you,

  • you're meeting all these world leaders, and you're not shy.

  • You're meeting all these world leaders and you say

  • exactly what you think they should be doing.

  • You met with President Obama, and you told him

  • he should stop flying drones.

  • You just said that to him.

  • - Well, him, as well as

  • the Congress members I met in my last trip in June,

  • and it's very important

  • that you deliver your message to the right people.

  • And if you say-- [audience laughter]

  • - Remember that, so y'all go to him next time, okay?

  • [audience laughter]

  • - So if I, like-- if I feel shy

  • and if I think he would mind it,

  • then these issues would never get highlighted.

  • So it's telling the world, just reminding them of their duties.

  • You're not asking to do something extra,

  • but you're reminding them that these are their responsibility.

  • They need to listen to their peoples' voices.

  • We want them to take action. We want them to do something,

  • and it's important that you highlight it to them.

  • - Yes, exactly. [cheers and applause]

  • [cheers and applause]

  • 18 years old.

  • 18 years old, I was very similar to this.

  • [audience laughter]

  • The problem that I see, because I've watched the documentary,

  • and I've seen how many different places that you go to speak.

  • Because you're 18 and you're shorter--

  • you're not an adult-sized person yet.

  • [audience laughter]

  • There's podiums that are too tall for you,

  • so I got you something.

  • So it has a quote of mine, that says:

  • "Under every great woman is a tiny stepstool."

  • [audience laughter] And so...

  • Now-- [cheers and applause]

  • - Thank you. [cheers and applause]

  • [cheers and applause]

  • Thank you. - Sure.

  • Also, I know for your 18th birthday,

  • there was something more important for you than gifts,

  • and you wanted to give money

  • to a school that you started, right?

  • Well, I would like to-- this is an amazing thing.

  • This is an iPad Air 2,

  • and it has over 100,000 educational apps,

  • and tens of thousands of textbooks

  • at your fingertips in here,

  • and I want to make sure all of your students in Lebanon

  • have the best possible head start,

  • so they're going to get this as well.

  • They're going to give you 200 of these.

  • - Oh, thank you. Thank you so much.

  • - For more information on how

  • you can donate to the Malala Fund, go to malala.org.

  • "He Named Me Malala" is in theaters October 2nd.

  • We will be right back. Malala, everyone.

  • [cheers and applause] [upbeat music]

- You really are so impressive and so inspirational,

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The Incomparable Malala Yousafzai

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