Malala Yousafzai to Receive Honorary Canadian Citizenship

The girl from Pakistan who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, is going to visit Canada in the coming days to address the Canadian parliament.

She will be receiving an honorary Canadian citizenship as well, according to an announcement by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

One of A Chosen Few

Only 6 people (including Malala) have been given an honorary Canadian membership to date. This includes Raoul Wallenberg, Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Aga Khan. In addition to that, she will also be the youngest person ever to address the Canadian parliament.

Malala was targeted by the Taliban when she was 15 years old because she spoke out for girls having the right to education and for going to schools. She went on to become an international spokesperson for girls’ right to education and for women’s rights in general. For her work she was named a co-recipient for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

In response to the invitation to visit Canada, she said,

The people of Canada are leading the world in their response to the refugee crisis. I am honored by Parliament’s invitation and look forward to visiting this great nation of heroes.

Awarded Citizenship in 2014

It should be noted that the decision to give her an honorary citizenship was made on October 21, 2014. The Canadian House of Commons unanimously agreed on the decision.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that,

I am pleased to announce Malala Yousafzai’s upcoming visit to Canada. Ms. Yousafzai’s courageous response to those who threatened her life, and her advocacy for girls’ education, has inspired many millions of people around the world.

Her story is one of determination and dignity, and Canada is proud to call her an honorary citizen of this great country. I look forward to attending the upcoming ceremony and witnessing the historic moment when she becomes the youngest person to address the Parliament of Canada.

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