141010121544-01-malala-nobel-1010-horizontal-gallery“The 17-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls’ education who, on Friday, became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize told “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart last year what she would do if she were confronted again by a member of the Taliban.
“I’ll tell him how important education is and that I even want education for your children as well,” she said. “I’ll tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you; now do what you want.’ ”
This from a girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban.
For exercising her right to go to school.
Malala Yousafzai was only 14 years old at the time — and just 11 when she started blogging anonymously for the BBC about the struggles of life in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
Stewart’s response was priceless as well: “I know your father is backstage and he’s very proud of you, but would he be mad if I adopted you?”
It’s not just him. The world has adopted Malala.
Malala’s journey from near death to the Nobel Peace Prize
She reminds us of the transformative power of education, especially for the 31 million primary-school-age girls, according to UNICEF, who aren’t in school worldwide.
And, as important, she is a beacon of hope — a reminder that the human spirit holds in it immense possibility, warmth, humility and forgiveness.
U.S. President Barack Obama used to fill that role, back when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Now, as bombs fall over Syria and Iraq, in an attempt to destroy a terrorist group that has beheaded Americans, it’s hard to continue to see him that way these days.
Malala is the world’s new symbol of hope”.


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