U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador (also know as Hermione from Harry Potter) Emma Watson interviewed global activist and the youngest Nobel Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai at the Into Film Festival on Wednesday.
Yousafzai, who nearly died fighting for women’s education, was shot by a gunman in 2012 after the Taliban placed a bounty on her and her father. Though the attempt failed, one bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai’s forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder. She survived the traumatic experience and continues to stand up for women today.
They discussed the new documentary about the young Nobel winner titled, “He Named Me Malala.” Watson wrote on Facebook about the interview stating, “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.”
During the interview, Malala admits that she hesitated saying whether or not she is a feminist because the word can have some negative connotations.
“Then after hearing your speech I decided there’s no way, and there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist. So, I’m a feminist and we all should be a feminist because feminism is another word for equality,” Yousafzai said.
Watson wrote on Facebook that this was a profound moment. She had taken her question out of the interview about the hot-button word but Malala used the word to describe herself. Watson wrote that feminism shouldn’t be such a scary word.
During the video when Watson asks if Malala has a tangible goal for her foundation to reach during her lifetime. Malala responded with, “It is my simple dream and it is very straightforward. I want every child to get a quality education and in order to make that dream come true we have to work hard.”
Malala Yousafzai’s story is so inspiring, not just because she is so young, but because it shows an incredible act of bravery that encouraged change. Her voice demanded the world to take notice. Hopefully, her goal will be reached so that everyone might be educated. If you would like to donate to the Malala fund or find out more on her foundation click here.