The “bravest girl in the world” wants to be the prime minister of her country one day.
When asked by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about her career aspirations during an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzairesponded:
“I want to become the prime minister of Pakistan … because through politics, I can serve my whole country.”
Yousafzai, who has captured the world’s heart with her bottomless courage, is a women’s education advocate who last year became the target of a Taliban assassination attempt.
The young woman was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which on Friday was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Chatting with Amanpour in front of a live audience Thursday mere hours after receiving the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Europe’s top human rights award, Yousafzai said that she didn’t feel that she deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but that a win would help her launch her campaign for girls’ education.
“The real goal, the most precious goal that I want to get and for which I am thirsty and for which I want to struggle hard … [is to] see every child to go to school,” she said.
When it was revealed that Yousafzai — who was shot in the head while returning home from school last October — hadn’t won this year’s Nobel prize, the Taliban issued a statement saying that they were thrilled by the news.
“We are delighted that she didn’t get it. She did nothing big so it’s good that she didn’t get it,” spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told the Agence France-Presse.
Shahid has previously said that the Taliban would “target her again.”
During her interview with Amanpour, which will be broadcast on CNN Sunday, Yousafzai said that she will continue to fight to achieve her aims, no matter how daunting the path to success may seem.
“I’m never going to give up,” Yousafzai said, according to Time. “They only shot a body but they cannot shoot my dreams.”