Malala Yousafzai was on a bus returning home from school exactly one year ago, Oct. 9, 2012, when she was shot in the head by a gunman from the Taliban, which had earlier banned girls from going to school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where Malala lived. She blogged anonymously against the edict and later came to be publicly known as an advocate for education for girls. Malala survived the shooting but had to have intensive rehabilitation in England.
Malala has just released her memoir, titled “I am Malala,” a phrase that has been invoked around the world as a symbol for the right of girls to be educated. Now 16, she sat down with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” to talk about her journey. The part of the interview that is getting a lot of attention is her answer to his question about what she would do if a Taliban gunman approached her again. The Taliban has, in fact, said it would target her again if it got the chance.
“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.’”