What's the best thing about being Malala's father? He tells us

Published 15 Jun, 2016 11:28am

Images Staff

"I am one of the few fathers who is known by his daughter," says Ziauddin Yousufzai

The two talk feminism and education for girls. Photograph: John Russo, The Guardian
The two talk feminism and education for girls. Photograph: John Russo, The Guardian

With Father's Day right around the corner, Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai took the opportunity to send across an important message to fathers all around the world.

In a short video, the two talk feminism and education for girls.

"If feminism means equality for men and women, equality for sons and daughters, then yes, I am a feminist and I believe that every father should be a feminist and treat his sons and daughters equally," he said when asked whether he would label himself as a feminist.

He advised all fathers "not to clip the wings of their daughters, wives and sisters."

"They should let them free to be themselves. What they should and must do Is educate them, [because] when they educate them, they liberate them, they strengthen them and they honour them," Yousafzai added.

He mentioned that while his daughter has made him proud right from the very start, there was one moment that he will never forget -- the day she delivered her speech at the United Nations.

"One occasion which I can never forget is when you got your life back. By the grace of God you decided to speak again and when I saw you at the UN podium, you raised your voice and you raised your finger and said 'one voice, one child, one teacher can change the world,' that was the time I felt very proud of you," said Malala's father.

And what's the best thing about being Malala's father? The fact that "in patriarchal societies, fathers are known by their sons and I am one of the few fathers who is known by his daughter."

The video was made as part of the Father's Day celebrations of the Malala Fund. You can log on to malala.org/fathers to sign their Father's Day card.