So imagine our excitement when we learned that Emma Watson, cofounder of He For She, would interview Malala Yousafzai at the premiere of a documentary about her, He Named Me Malala, which looks at the Taliban attack that Malala survived, as well as her advocacy for women’s rights to education ever since.
While the interview was full of wonderful moments, these are five of our favorite things Malala had to say.
... it can’t happen that men think it is just a few women’s job or crazy feminists, they are going to change it. It’s not going to happen like this. We all have to work together."
When I heard it for the first time, I heard some negative responses and some positive ones, and I hesitated in saying if I’m a feminist… I am a feminist and you all should be feminists, because feminism is another word for equality."
... it’s really important that we come together. This is about the future of all those 66 million girls who can’t go to school right now. It’s about our future. It’s going to affect all of us. Girls have potential. They can contribute to society."
Just because your gender is different does not mean that you should be treated differently."
We need to educate the future generation, and then they can build a more peaceful and better Pakistan."
Into Film Festival opening Q&A
Today I met Malala. She was giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent. That might sound obvious but I was struck by this even more in person. There are lots of NGOs out there in the world doing great things... But if there were one I would put my money on to succeed and make change on this planet, it would be hers. (The Malala Fund). Malala isn't messing around or mincing her words (one of the many reasons I love her). She has the strength of her convictions coupled with the kind of determination I rarely encounter... And it doesn't seem to have been diminished by the success she has already had. And lastly…She has a sense of peace around her. I leave this for last because it is perhaps the most important. Maybe as a result of what she has been through? I personally think it is just who she is…Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself. Having seen that she hadn't, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself. Maybe feminist isn't the easiest word to use... But she did it ANYWAY. You can probably see in the interview how I felt about this. She also gave me time at the end of the Q&A to speak about some of my own work, which she most certainly didn't need to do, I was there to interview her. I think this gesture is so emblematic of what Malala and I went on to discuss. I've spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalized movement it is too. We are all moving towards the same goal. Let's not make it scary to say you're a feminist. I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive movement. Let's join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you. With love, Emma x#HeNamedMeMalala #notjustamovieamovement Malala Fund Into FilmPosted by Emma Watson on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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