Shelby: Today is a big day for girls around the world. Right, Scott?
Scott: It is! It is the 2nd annual International Day of the Girl. It is a movement started by the United Nations to promote rights and opportunities for girls who are often treated like second-class citizens in many other countries.
Shelby: This year’s theme for Day of the Girl is innovating education.
Scott: It is a cause that one teen has made her mission. And she is encouraging young girls everywhere to go to school. Check it out.
Malala Yousafzai: In Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to school, at that time, I realized that education is very important and education is the power for women, and that’s why the terrorists are afraid of education. They do not want women to get education because then women would become more powerful.
Scott: Malala Yousafzai still believes in the power of education. At 11 years old, she started a blog on an Urdu language website. In her posts, she criticized the Taliban, an extremist group, for shutting down girls’ schools in her town. And at first, she wrote under a fake name, but later revealed herself.
The Taliban targeted her in an attack last year and she was almost killed. Her story gained worldwide attention and gave the teenage activist an international stage. And now Malala is unstoppable. She was honored this week with Europe’s top award for human rights. In July, she celebrated her 16th birthday by addressing the United Nations in New York.
Malala: They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed. I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child.
Scott: And she is the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. The winner is expected to be announced today.
Malala: So when I look into support of people, that is really important for me. That’s why I’m really happy to be nominated.
Scott: She has also got a book out. It hit shelves this week in the U.S. and in Pakistan, where militants have threatened to kill her if she returns. But she is determined to make it back home someday. For now, she says she is enjoying being able to share her story with the world.
Malala: I am moved. I am moved beyond words to be here.
Scott: And while she was at The Daily Show this week, she talked about what she would do if she ever faced a Taliban gunman again.
Malala: I’ll tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well’. And I would tell him, ‘that’s what I want to tell you. Now, do what you want.’
Jon Stewart: I know your father is backstage and he’s very proud of you, but would he be mad if I adopted you?
Scott: Malala now lives and goes to school in England. And she is continuing the fight to help the 32 million girls in the world who are not getting an education.
Shelby: Well, we are celebrating the Day of the Girl all day over at Channelone.com. And you can join me tonight on a Twitter party at 5pm Eastern by using the #dayofthegirl!