1:26pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Malala Yousafzai Advocates for More Female Education With David Letterman
Just in time for International Women's Day, Netflix on Thursday dropped a clip of David Letterman's interview with women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai.
In the new clip, previewing the upcoming episode for Letterman's talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which debuts Friday, the host asks the Pakistani activist what would have happened had she not survived the 2012 attempt on her life by the Taliban. After Yousafzai became an outspoken advocate for women's education and human rights, writing an anonymous blog for the BBC and appearing in a documentary for The New York Times, Taliban fighters attempted to gun her down on a school bus, leaving her in critical condition and two others injured. "If you had died in that attack, who would take up the cause?" Letterman asks.
"I would hope that many people would have stood up against extremists ... not just the extremists ... but against the ideology," Yousafzai responds. "That's what we have to fight — the ideology that exists there that does not accept women as equal to men, that does not accept women to have the right to education, that does not accept women to have the right to do our job, to decide our own future. That is an ideology, and we have to fight that ideology, whether it exists in the mountains of Pakistan, whether it exists in these big cities, in New York or Washington or anywhere. We have to challenge those, we have to fight against those ideologies."
Unprompted, Yousafzai then addresses what she thinks are solutions to the problem: "And how to fix it, I think the answer is easy. The governments need to invest more money into education, business people, everyone who is part of society, they need to start thinking about investing in girls and their education. We just need an ambition and an intention. What to do is then easy."
Since she recovered from her wounds in 2012, Yousafzai has spoken at the United Nations, received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon and been the subject of the 2015 David Guggenheim documentary He Named Me Malala.