Young revolutionary and women’ rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban militants last October after protesting for women’s education, has stepped up and criticized President Obama‘s use of drones in the Middle East. Yousafazi met with President Obama last Friday and in the meeting, the 16-year old confronted him about the deadly airstrikes that have reportedly killed innocent Pakistani citizens. Yousafazi spoke on the events stating, “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.” According to reports from the White House, the Obama administration recently decided to end drone strikes in Pakistan as a result of increasing public outrage.
It’s encouraging to see that this young activist is fearless enough to confront the Leader of the Free World and the malicious terrorists of her home country for the sake of gender rights and peace. Watch Yousafzai’s recent interview with The Daily Show and Jon Stewart below.
[Courtesy of ThinkProgress]