'He Named Me Malala' will be released on Friday
Ready for some incredible inspiration? Then you need to watch the film of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in conversation with Emma Watson.
The interview, which marks the release of He Named Me Malala this Friday, saw Malala and Emma discuss a variety of topics including education, feminism and equality, and saw Malala passionately describe how she believes every child in the world deserves a full and proper education, as well as talking about how important it is for men to step forward and campaign for women’s rights, saying ‘feminism is just another word for equality’.
Emma also asked Malala questions submitted by students and teachers across the UK which ranged from Malala’s ambitions for the future, her favourite teacher and her advice for the young people watching.
After sharing the interview on her Facebook page, Emma wrote: ‘Today I met Malala. She was giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent. That might sound obvious but I was struck by this even more in person. There are lots of NGOs out there in the world doing great things… But if there were one I would put my money on to succeed and make change on this planet, it would be hers, the Malala Fund.
‘Malala isn’t messing around or mincing her words (one of the many reasons I love her). She has the strength of her convictions coupled with the kind of determination I rarely encounter… And it doesn’t seem to have been diminished by the success she has already had. And lastly…She has a sense of peace around her. I leave this for last because it is perhaps the most important. Maybe as a result of what she has been through? I personally think it is just who she is…
‘Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself. Having seen that she hadn’t, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself.
‘Maybe feminist isn’t the easiest word to use… But she did it ANYWAY. You can probably see in the interview how I felt about this. She also gave me time at the end of the Q&A to speak about some of my own work, which she most certainly didn’t need to do, I was there to interview her. I think this gesture is so emblematic of what Malala and I went on to discuss. I’ve spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalized movement it is too.
‘We are all moving towards the same goal. Let’s not make it scary to say you’re a feminist. 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.
With love, Emma x’
Wise words – which is just one of the many reasons why we love Emma Watson.
Watch the inspirational interview below.
Now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally, she is co-founder of the Malala Fund, and the film about her life has been created by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who was also behind An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman.