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Emily Blunt Praises Malala Yousafzai, Talks Educating Young Women

For Emily Blunt, who has two young daughters, the topic of girls’ educations “moves and matters” to her greatly. She admitted that she asks her 4-year-old daughter every day what she learned at school because “I’m desperate to know cool stuff, mainly, but to learn from her, and I just sort of adore the look of delight in her eyes when she realizes she’s teaching me something I knew nothing about. She’s just being nourished and inspired at school in ways I clearly can’t keep up with.”

During her speech at Variety‘s Power of Women event in New York, where she was one of this year’s honorees, Blunt also noted how lucky her daughters are, growing up knowing, “that your dreams were never going to fall on deaf ears, and that your thoughts and voice mattered and could make a difference.”

The actress then praised the work of the Malala Fund, the nonprofit funded by Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, in 2013, which Blunt has been worked with in recent years.

“When the bullets rained down on these girls, the world stopped in their tracks and they listened to Malala, but most importantly, so did millions of girls around the world put in the same position. This courageous, eloquent, and inspiring girl became their light,” she said, referencing Yousafzai, the young activist shot by the Taliban for pursuing an education.
After calling for lawmakers to take action in support of the millions of young women around the world denied an education, Blunt spoke to the importance of female empowerment, saying, “If women are given a voice, they use it. When they are handed the purse stings, the communities thrive. When they are given a job, they flourish. They organize better. They galvanize more passionately and they are more likely to encourage peace where peace should be the priority.”

Acknowledging Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Blunt added, “if one girl with an education can change the world, we can only imagine what 130 million can do.”

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