Malala gets honorary Canadian citizenship


OTTAWA: Nobel Peace laureate and girls education advocate Malala Yousafzai is on a visit to Canada to receive her honorary citizenship and address the country’s parliament.

Malala, 19 received her citizenship during an honorary citizenship ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday.

“Malala, your story is an inspiration to us all,” said Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, during the ceremony.

During the ceremony, Malala said “I’m humbled to accept honorary citizenship of your country,” she said in the House of Commons, where she received several standing ovations from parliamentarians and members of the public that packed the gallery.

She also called on Canada to make girls’ education the centrepiece of its work as host of the G7 next year.