DAVOS: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Thursday urged women to “change the world” without waiting for the help of men, as she addressed an audience of the global, and mostly male, elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The 20-year-old global education campaigner spoke not long before the arrival in Davos of US President Donald Trump, who reached the White House a year ago despite revelations of inappropriate conduct toward women.
On Saturday across the United States, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in a Women’s March to mark a year to the day since his inauguration.
The annual Davos conference, which unites the world’s business and political elite, also takes place this year in the shadow of the feminist #MeToo campaign that shook Hollywood and spread across the globe in 2017.
“We won’t ask men to change the world, we’re going to do it ourselves,” said Yousafzai.
“We’re going to stand up for ourselves, we’re going to raise our voices and we’re going to change the world,” she said.
Yousafzai, who was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in her native Pakistan in 2012 for insisting on the right of girls to go to school, has become a global sensation, pleading for the education of women.
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, she has continued her campaigning while pursuing her studies at Oxford University.
“Feminism is just an other word for equality ... and no one will object to equality,” she said.
“It is very simple, it’s not as complicated as some people have made it.”