Two and a half years after Malala Yousafzai first due to accept honorary Canadian citizenship, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has now finally addressed Parliament upon becoming the sixth person ever to receive the distinction!
Ms. Yousafzai, originally a Pakistani citizen, was first scheduled to be granted the honour by the former Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the day a gunman stormed Parliament Hill back in October 22, 2014.
Now, Malala Yousafzai, education activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and also subsequently became a strong international icon for the rights of women and also children, called on Canada to lead a needed global effort to prioritize the education system and possibilities for girls and refugees. Ms. Yousafzai asked the Canadian government to make girls’ education a central theme of its G7 presidency next year.
She said: “I stand with girls. As someone who knows how it feels to have your right of education taken away and your dreams threatened. I know where I stand. If you stand with me, I ask you to seize every opportunity for girls’ education over the next year.”
She also added that the world is in a big need for leadership that focuses on serving humanity. Not based on how many weapons you have. She admitted to believe that Canada can take that lead.
Ms. Yousafzai who is only 19 years old, survived a Taliban assassination attempt back in 2012 as she was leaving school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She was specifically targeted for her campaign against efforts to deny all women a formal and necessary education. Today, she lives in London, UK and received medical treatment following the incident.
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