By Alicia M. Cohn - 10/24/12 03:44 PM EDT
Bush appeared on Fox News to discuss the situation surrounding 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Pakistani Taliban earlier this month. She is currently recovering in a British hospital in Birmingham.
The Taliban accused Yousafzai of creating “negative propaganda” due to her international advocacy for girls' literacy in Pakistan.
“The lesson [of Malala] is to everyone, really, worldwide, that we need to have the courage to speak up,” Bush told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly.
The former first lady has long been an advocate of education and literacy, causes she continues to promote. She also noted that she and former President George W. Bush are focusing on women in the Middle East and North Africa through an international fellowship program at the Bush Institute, part of the Bush Library and museum in Dallas.
“This is the season, obviously, where we're divided, because we're in one presidential candidate's camp or the others’ or all of the other candidates that are up and down the ballots that we'll all go to vote for in November,” Bush said. “But I also know that there are very many things that bring us together. And certainly our respect for human rights and for human dignity and for education for girls and boys bring us together, all of us, as Americans.”
Both Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, have endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Ann Romney headlined a fundraiser at the home of George and Laura Bush last month.