Saturday 23 September 2017

Malala becomes an honorary Canadian

Malala Yousafzai during her visit to the Canadian parliament. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/AP)
Malala Yousafzai during her visit to the Canadian parliament. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/AP)

Malala Yousafzai is using her honorary Canadian citizenship to call on the country's leaders to take real action to improve educational opportunities for girls.

The teenage Nobel prize winner spoke to the Canadian Parliament after becoming an honorary citizen on Wednesday.

She asked the assembled politicians to make education for girls a top priority when it hosts the G7 summit next year.

Malala was 15 when she shot in the head by Taliban militants in Pakistan in 2012. She was targeted 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 about how her friends were excited about her meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

She smiled while referencing Mr Trudeau's tattoos and practice of yoga.

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