Malala Yousafzai waves to the crowd as she arrives for her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing on Wednesday (September 9) from Los Angeles.
The 18-year-old activist opened up about how she found out she won the prestigious award, what it’s like meeting world leaders, and more. Check it:
On finding out she won: “So I was in my chemistry lesson in school and just studying about atoms and those things and suddenly my teacher came in she surprised me she said that you have won the Nobel Peace Prize. And I said, OK and then I said, I want to finish my school. And cause I am standing up for education and I have been given this award because I am fighting for children’s rights to go to school so I deserve this right to study today in school. Finish my school day and then I’ll go and have press interviews and stuff. So I finished that day.”
On meeting world leaders: “So if I like feel shy and if I think he would mind it than these issues would never get highlighted so it’s telling the world, just reminding them of their duties. You’re not asking them to do something extra, but you are demanding them that these are their responsibilities they need to listen to their people’s voices we want them to take action. We want them to do something and it’s important that you highlight it to them.”
On her family: “Well my father always says that ‘ask me what I did, but ask me what I did not do. And I did not clip her wings.’ So he has not clipped my wings he has allowed me to fly as high as I can. And this is how we want parents to be, to allow their children to fulfill their dreams to achieve who they want to be. It’s not that girls don’t have the skill or don’t have the talent to do something in their life it’s that they’re stopped in society. So my father did not do that he did not stop me. And I’m really thankful to him, also to my mother for giving me the strength and the courage to go forward. A little bit to my brothers, a little.”
Malala Yousafzai on Ellen 9/9/15
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