“I believe in tolerance, and that we should forgive people, and help them to be better, and give them love so that they do not pick up guns tomorrow.”
“So you have forgiven the men that shot you?”
“Yes, I have forgiven them.”
Malala has a girly smile and a penchant for hot pink, but as soon as she opens her mouth, the illusion of youth disappears. She speaks with confidence and wisdom beyond her years. It is no wonder this intelligent, passionate and engaging young woman has become a global ambassador for gender equality and education in the middle east.
In October of 2012, Malala was shot on the bus en route to school by Taliban insurgents, who were targeting her and her family for their support for female education in the region. Prior to this, at just age 11, Malala had been smuggling information out of the Taliban occupied Swat for a BBC blog and later, a New York Times documentary.
But it was the assassination attempt and her spectacular recovery to spread the message of gender equality that has made Malala the most famous teenager in the world.
You can watch the full interview below. (Post continues after video)
Lisa Wilkinson has interviewed everyone — from Hollywood celebrities to many prime ministers — but even she seems awestruck in her interview with Malala. (To be honest, even Harry Potter star Emma Watson gushed her way through her interview with Malala at the global premiere last week — no one is safe!)