I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

Since surviving the Taliban's attack, Malala Yousafzai has addressed the United Nations and received numerous international awards for her work.


Malala Yousafzai was just 15 years old when a would-be assassin shot her in the head as she headed home from school in Pakistan. Malala tells us about her fight for female education in Pakistan and life in the crosshairs of the Taliban.

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"Violence in Pakistan. So grotesquely common it doesn't register as news most nights. But it does tonight. Because of who it is bleeding on that stretcher. 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, just a school girl who's proved braver then most adults. In 2009, when the Taliban was beheading activists in her city of Mingora Swat, when they bombed girl schools and demanded girls not even try to get an education, it was 11-year-old Malala who decided she would stand up and defend a girl's right to go to school".

CBC's Adrienne Arsenault

In October 2012, a Taliban assassin boarded a school bus with the intention of murdering an outspoken Pakistani girl who advocated for the education of girls. He not only failed to kill Malala, he failed to stop her advocacy.

A lot has happened since that dark day in Swat. Malala Yousafzai and her family have relocated to Birmingham in the United Kingdom. She has addressed the United Nations and received numerous international awards for her work.

Malala Yousafzai wrote about the Taliban attack and her campaign to bring education to girls around the world in her memoir I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.

Anna Maria joined Malala Yousafzai in New York for her only Canadian interview. The interview originally aired on October 9, 2013 -- one year after Malala's attempted assassination.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.

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