The Last Word | November 12, 2012
>>> people gathered around the world on saturday to celebrate what the united nations declared malala day for the brave 15-year-old pakistani girl shot on her way to school by the taliban after speaking out in favor of education for girls . as doctors prepare for her next rehabilitative surgery at the british hospital where malala is being treated, released a new video, showing the progress of malala's recovery. she is out of her hospital bed. she is sitting up right. malala's father had a message to the world for the outpouring of support for his daughter.
>> i'm awfully thankful to all of the peace loving well wishers of malala who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on malala, who prayed for her health and who support the grand cause of malalauomalala, which is freedom of expression . we deeply feel that the heartfelt good wishes of all caste, creed, and color. malala is recovering well and wants me to tell you she has been inspired and humbled by the thousands of cards, messages and gifts that she has received. that helped my daughter's survival and stay strong. her voice is the voice of the people of pakistan and all down trodden and deprived children. if today her voice goes unheard, then coming generations will go without basic human rights and sublime values.
>> joining me now is the man who created a now famous 2009 documentary about malala. adam v.malek. adam , there is a movement for malala to receive the next nobel peace prize . 100,000 people have signed a petition at change.org calling for that. what would -- and the deadline for the nominations are february 1st . what -- what would it mean for malala's cause around the world. and what would it mean in pakistan where you spend so much time working for her to be nominated for the peace prize and possibly winning it?
>> i mean, the -- one of the most amazing things that's come out of this story is just the -- the amount of attention that malala has received worldwide, but in pakistan , the change we've seen is remarkable. this is a country that has a severe female education priccrisis, and a pretty silent problem for a long time. and since the shooting, and we're still seeing as we saw it over the weekend with malala day, the country is rising up and showing a tremendous amount of support in honor and nudging its government, not just in honor of malala, but nudging the government to see more women educated in pakistan .
>> and the -- what has been the effect of malala day? the united nations taking it up to that level?
>> so gordon brown , the u.n. education envoy, brought a million signatures to the desk of president zardari in pakistan , and complemented by a million more signatures of pakistanis, and the message is simple enough. it's time to create a solution that can educate women. what does that mean? when we talk about girls' education in pakistan , we're talking about a country where one in five girls are going to school in the region where malala is from. and we're talking about a country with the lowest rate of femality lit race if hfemale illiteracy in the world. it's time for the government to focus on it with a lot more attention. to give you a quick example, the government currently spends 2% of its gdp on education. the u.n. suggests that number, to give you some context, should be 4%. and by the way it spends 18% on its military.
>> adam ellick, thank you for joining us tonight.
>> thank you.