The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, unabashed women’s rights activist, and international human rights activist Malala Yousafzai is set to receive honorary Canadian citizenship later this month, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Monday.
At the age of 15, the Taliban tried to assassinate Yousafzai after she advocated for young girls right to obtain an education, Malala quickly became an international icon for her humanitarian efforts.
19-year-old Yousafzai is scheduled to officially receive the honour on April 12 at Parliament Hill. The honorary citizenship was originally given to her in 2014, but the ceremony was subsequently cancelled following the deadly Parliament Hill attack that claimed the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as well as the shooter.
In a press release on Monday, Trudeau said:
“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.”
Yousafzai responded in a statement, noting Canada’s leadership role in their response to the international refugee crisis:
“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.”
Only five other people have ever received an honourary Canadian citizenship. Those who have received this citzenship include: Swedish Humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg for saving thousands during the Holocaust, Nelson Mandela, The 14th Dalai Lama, Former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, and Spiritual leader and person friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudea, the Aga Khan.
[h/t: The Huffington Post Canada.]