Malala set to receive Canadian Citizenship From Justin Trudeau

Video highlights from He Named Me Malala

The Nobel Prize winner and women’s activist Malala Yousafzai has been given an honorary Canadian Citizenship.

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada will host the presentation which will take place on the 12th of April in Ottawa. Malala, now nineteen, will also address members of the Canadian Parliament. The event was meant to have taken place on October 22 but was rescheduled after Parliament Hill was attacked by a gunman.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala has become the face of girls rights and education. She has spoken out against the Taliban and Islamist militants banning girls from attending school and continues to fight against inequality. Named after Malali a famous Pashtun girls who inspired the Afghans not to give up their fight against the British in 1880, Malala has never stopped advocating for women’s rights.

U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia Obama meet Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban in 2012, in the White House last year.

At the of age 15, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban on her way back from school and survived. And has since opened the Malala Fund a non-for-profit charity that promotes girl’s education.

Prime Minister Trudeau wants to speak with Malala about girl's empowerment through education and “how they can actively contribute to the sustainable development of their communities and countries.”

One of only six to receive the honour: including the likes of Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, Malala is proud and honoured to be receiving the award:

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

Malala continues to inspire girls all over the world. Her words and funding have enabled thousands of young girls to attend school without fear of persecution.

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