On 8 October 2013, Malala Yousafzai from the Swat District of Pakistan, appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On 9 October 2012, when she was 14 years old, gunmen for the Taliban had shot her in the head and neck because she had often spoken out in favor of education for girls and women — her blog for the BBC was influential. She recovered from the serious wounds in England. Since then, she has continued to advocate for education for girls and women. Previous to the shooting, she had learned that members of the Taliban wanted her dead. Mr. Stewart asked her how she reacted to that death threat. She answered, “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 to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ [Being hit with a shoe is a major insult in her culture.] 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 do what you want.’” Ms. Yousafzai was nominated for the 2013 Noble Peace Prize.
For Further Information: Brian Jones, “16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Leaves Jon Stewart Speechless With Comment About Pacifism.” Business Insider. 9 October 2013
For Further Information: “Malala Yousafzai interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” YouTube. 9 October 2013
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