Like all 12,000 people at Wembley Arena for We Day recently, I was honoured to meet Malala Yousafzai, the young human rights activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for girls' rights to education.
She spoke all about how to overcome fear, and was a true inspiration to everyone present. Here are some of her wonderful, unscripted words:
“I just want to tell you that we have some weaknesses. We all are not perfect. You were expecting me to be very tall, but I’m not. I know we all have some weaknesses, but it does not mean that we don’t deserve to be special. We all are special. We have some talent.
“I would like to give you advice from my side: never lose your hope. And also, there is courage and there is fear. I sometimes get scared – of ghosts, of dragons, of skeletons. But the fact is, your courage should be more than your fear.”
After seeing Malala in action, I was touched to hear her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, discussing how proud he is of his daughter at TED in Vancouver.
"People ask me, what did I do to make Malala so bold & courageous? I did not clip her wings.
“Malala used to be known as my daughter but now I’m known as her father. In patriarchal societies, fathers are known by their sons. I am known by my daughter and proud of it."
If you want to support Malala’s efforts regarding education for girls in the developing world, and empowering women all over the globe, head over to The Malala Fund.