When two of the greatest feminists of our time sit down together, one can only expect great things to happen.
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.
1. “My father has set an example to all parents and all men that if we want equality, if we want equal rights for women, then men have to step forward…
… 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.”
2. “Interestingly, this word — feminism — it has become a very tricky word.
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.”
3. “People fail to understand that my goal, which is to see every child going to school, hasn’t been achieved yet…
… 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.”
4. “I think it’s fair to treat everyone like a human being.
Just because your gender is different does not mean that you should be treated differently.”
5. “If we forget the education of our next generation, I don’t think we will be able to achieve progress.
We need to educate the future generation, and then they can build a more peaceful and better Pakistan.”