|Published : 13 Apr 2017, 19:43:21 | Updated : 13 Apr 2017, 19:51:53|
Malala now honorary Canadian citizen
Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Nobel laureate, is taking the opportunity of using her honorary Canadian citizenship to call on the country’s leaders to take real action to improve educational opportunities for girls, according to The Hindu.
The Nobel Peace prize-winner spoke to the Canadian Parliament after becoming an honorary citizen on Wednesday. She asked lawmakers to make education for girls a top priority when it hosts the G7 summit next year, according to a news agency.
Malala was 15 when she was shot in the head by Taliban militants in Pakistan in 2012. She was victimised due to her advocacy for women’s education. She was originally scheduled to receive the honour on October 22, 2014, but the ceremony was cancelled after a gunman attacked Canada’s Parliament Hill that day.
The 19-year-old also spoke of her friends’ excitement for her to meet youthful Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
She smiled while referencing Mr. Trudeau’s tattoos and practice of yoga.