Malala Yousafzai to address Canada Parliament

Canada’s prime minister has announced that Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai will address his country’s Parliament and receive the honorary citizenship bestowed upon her in 2014.Justin Trudeau says the 19-year-old Pakistani activist will become the youngest person to address the body when she visits April 12. Trudeau said Monday that he and Yousafzai will also discuss empowering girls through education.Yousafzai was 15 when she shot in the head by Taliban militants while returning from school. She was targeted due to her advocacy for women’s education.Yousafzai was initially treated in Pakistan and later flown to a hospital in Britain. She won world acclaim for her campaign and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.She is one of just six people to receive honorary Canadian citizenship.“Her story is one of determination and dignity, and Canada is proud to call her an honorary citizen of this great country,” Trudeau said.Yousafzai has received a conditional offer from a top British university to study philosophy, politics and economics, according to a report in the BBC.“The people of Canada are leading the world in their response to the refugee crisis,” Yousafzai said in the statement. “I am honoured by parliament’s invitation and look forward to visiting this great nation of heroes.”Yousafzai’s Canadian citizenship ceremony was cancelled in October 2014 because of an ongoing emergency in Ottawa where several shootings occurred on or near Parliament Hill.

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