Malala Yousafzai joins Facebook's Sandberg in live online chat
Friday, August 08, 2014 - 00:58
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, joins Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a live chat and calls for increased access to education for millions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and girl's rights campaigner who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, joined Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a live chat on Friday (August 8).
Yousafzai, who turned 17 in July, told an online audience that millions of children around the world don't have the option of going to school and that education is a precious opportunity children in wealthy countries take for granted.
"In the developing countries, there are so many children, like 57 million children, and especially girls, who are out of school, whose only dream is to go to school, whose only dream is to get quality education," the teen activist said. "They do wish for an Xbox, they do not wish for a PSP or any other thing. They're only wish is for a quality education, and they are struggling for that."
Malala reminded her online audience, which stretched from Dubai to California, that it took activists 100 years to win women the right to vote, and they should keep fighting for their dreams, no matter how long it takes.
"I also thought that my voice could not make a difference, but it did. And as I said, there are so many figures in our history who did not think that there would be a change that they would bring through their voice, but they did," she said.
Malala became a global celebrity after surviving being shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban militants for campaigning for girls' education,
She survived after being airlifted to Britain for treatment, and has since become a symbol of defiance against the militants operating in the tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
She has won the European Union's prestigious human rights award and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.
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