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Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenage activist shot by the Taliban and who is tipped as Nobel Peace Prize contender, talked with comedian John Stewart on his satirical news program "The Daily Show" on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old, who was shot in the head by the Taliban exactly a year ago on October 9 for demanding education for girls, gave a speech at the United Nations in July saying she would not bow to "terrorists" who thought they could silence her. The saga of her recovery from the attempted assassination and her promotion of women's education and peace has tipped her as a favorite for the peace prize among experts and betting agencies.
This week her book, which tells her story and the story of the Taliban's control of the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, was released.
"When in Pakistan 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," Malala told Stewart as they discussed her book, "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban."
The usually sarcastic and humorous Stewart was sympathetic and serious in his discussion with Malala, though he managed to pepper the discussion with a few jokes.
"We were just kept imprisoned. We were just limited to the four walls of our house. Women's rights were denied at that time and that's why I spoke. Because I believe in equality and I believe there is no difference between a man and a woman. I even believe that a women is more powerful than a man," she said.
"Whoa, wait, whoa, what? You know, Malala, this was going so well. You were doing so beautifully and then suddenly, bam!" joked the Comedy Central host.
This week, the Nobel accolades in Stockholm will go also to medicine, physics, chemistry and economics, while Oslo will name the peace prize winner on Friday.