Women more powerful than men, Malala tells Jon Stewart

Malala's interview with Jon Stewart goes viral; one clip reaches over 700,000 hits in less than 24 hours.

Saqib Nasir October 10, 2013
Screengrab from The Daily Show.

During an interview on American television show “The Daily Show” child activist and blogger Malala Yousafzai stated that women are more powerful than men, drawing laughter and applause from the audience and host Jon Stewart.

The Telegraph reported that her inspiring comments on the show have already gone viral on the internet, with one clip of the interview reaching over 700,000 hits in less than 24 hours.

The 16-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban last year has become a prominent symbol representing peace and women empowerment. Nobel Peace Prize experts have said that Malala Yousafzai is the “favorite” person to receive the upcoming award because of her bravery and her desire to be a spokesperson for women rights.

During her TV interview she said, “I will be grateful to receive the Nobel Peace Prize as it will be a great honor for Pakistan.”

Malala also said that she was not afraid when she received threats from the Taliban, and initially, she had planned to hit any assailant with her shoe. Later however, she rethought her position.

"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," she stated.

During the talk show she wished that she could meet the Taliban and speak to them.

"I’ll tell him [Taliban] 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," she said.

During the interview, Jon Stewart expressed his desire to adopt Malala.

"Let me ask you – you know – I know your father is back stage and he’s very proud of you, but would he be mad if I adopted you? Because you sure are swell…" he stated.

Stewart added that he was humbled by the young girl.

Watch the episode here.


Stranger | 9 years ago | Reply

Too much emphasis on this girl and her PR seems to be working over time . She started well but now has become a stooge in the hands of agents - both government and PR . I think she should take a back seat now .

observer | 9 years ago | Reply

Women more powerful than men, Malala tells Jon Stewart

A. It took a Fatima Jinnah to challenge the usurper.

B. Begum Nusrat Bhutto and BB had the measure of the dictator.

C. Asma Jehangir had the courage to stand for the dis-empowered.

D. And it took a teenager Malala to confront the murderous thugs.

Yup, Women of Pakistan definitely are more powerful.

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