Airdate: The Bravest Girl in the World

2013-10-10_0033CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will host The Bravest Girl in the World, a special broadcast event on Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old girl shot by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school.

“The Bravest Girl in the World”, airing on CNN International Monday, October 14 at 10am and 9pm AEDT, will reveal a Malala you haven’t seen before, featuring material exclusive to CNN. Malala tells her story – of campaigning for girls’ education, of the day she was shot, of her struggle to recover from her injury – but most of all, of her dreams and her drive to help millions of other girls go to school.

The program will include an interview with Malala, her father Ziauddin Yousafzai and a special introduction from Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations. The interview will take place in front of a live audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on October 10.

At age 15, Malala was shot at point-blank range by the Taliban while riding the bus, because she insisted on going to school. Miraculously, the bullets aimed at her head did not penetrate the brain. Following several surgeries, she is once again waging her campaign for girls’ education. On July 12 – her 16th birthday – she gave a powerful call to the world to stand up for girls in her first speech since the shooting.

“The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions,” she told the UN, “but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. “

Her memoir “I am Malala” was published on October 8. In the book, Malala shares the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of the brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. She has also set up The Malala Fund ( which helps girls around the globe get access to the education they so desperately need.

Monday, October 14 at 10am and 9pm CNN.

Meanwhile BBC’s Panorama is claiming her first interview since the attack:

Last year, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban on her way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

Speaking exclusively to Mishal Husain for BBC World News’ Panorama in her first interview since the attack, Malala says she believes dialogue is the only way to achieve peace and that extremism can only be rooted out by educating the next generation.

She also told the BBC that she intends to return to her home country, despite the danger:

“I want to go back to Pakistan but first of all I need to be fully empowered… and to make myself powerful, I only need one thing, that is education, so I will get education, then I’ll go back to Pakistan..”

The interview, in which she also reflects on life under the Taliban, the attack itself and her battle for recovery in a Birmingham hospital, will be broadcast in a Panorama exclusive ‘Malala: Shot for Going to School’ on Saturday 12th October, at 15:10 and Sunday 13th October at 09:10 and 21:10 AEDT on BBC World News.

Saturday 12th October, at 15:10 and Sunday 13th October at 09:10 and 21:10 AEDT on BBC World News.


  1. The word hero quite often gets used inappropriately way too many times along with what constitutes bravery.

    In this case however, Malala takes her place among the best that humankind has to offer and in doing so has raised the bar to a level almost unattainable to most.

    No doubt, she is the bravest girl in the world.

  2. I don’t know if anyone saw her on The Daily Show last night but what a remarkable young woman. Her response to the question about how she reacted when she learned that the taliban wanted her dead brought me to tears. You can watch it here.

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