Ziuaddin Yousafzai spent much of his life believing that girls should get an education. He always made sure his daughter Malala understood that.
Months after Taliban militants gravely wounded the 15-year-old with a bullet to the head for being vocal about that belief, he thinks more people around the world and in his home country agree with him.
Last October, the teenager was riding home in a school van in the Swat Valley, a Taliban stronghold in Pakistan, when masked men stopped the vehicle. They demanded that the other girls identify Malala.
The trained their guns on their target and fired. Then they shot another girl, wounding her.
Malala was treated by Pakistani doctors in the initial days after the shooting. The prognosis was dire. As international outrage grew, Pakistanis took to the streets. Shooting a little girl? The Taliban had gone too far this time. The government had better do something. Around the world, more people began learning about how the Taliban, years earlier, had ordered that all girls leave school.
Malala "is the daughter of the whole world," her father told CNN on Friday. "The world owns her."
She has become an icon of education, a symbol of girls' rights. "She has made a difference," said.
Malala is getting stronger by the day, and "recovering very well, very fast," he added.
The teen was discharged from a hospital in Birmingham, England, in February and is receiving rehabilitative care.
A team of international doctors who took over Malala's care from Pakistani providers certainly did amazing work in saving her life. They addressed her brain swelling. Her skull had fractured in tiny pieces from the gunshot at close range. She has endured numerous surgeries.
But apart from top-notch medicine, sheer force of will that has aided in Malala's recovery. Her attitude has won over people worldwide.
In February she was walking, and talking -- and saying she was going to get back to her advocacy for girls' education.
"God has given me this new life," she said at the time, in her first on-camera interview. "I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated."
Ziauddin Yousafzai was an educator for many years and first inspired his daughter to take a stand.
But how likely will Malala's work and physical sacrifice actually lead to greater access to quality education for girls in Pakistan?
It's unlikely for her own safety that Malala will ever be able to return there, and unlikely for her father as well, say observers who know Pakistan well.
CNN put that question to Ziauddin. Pakistan's government has appointed him education attaché in the Pakistani Consulate in the United Kingdom.
Ziauddin responded to the question by first pointing out that before his daughter was attacked, regular Pakistanis would call and tell him that they'd seen Malala speaking out on television and, inspired, enrolled their daughters in school.
She'd received a huge amount of global attention, especially from western media, after writing a blog for the Guardian when she was 11. She described her fear that the Taliban would keep her from learning.
After Malala was shot, stirring international condemnation, Ziauddin was heartened.