Malala Yousafzai Was Just Made an Honorary Canadian Citizen
Not even Malala Yousafzai is immune to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's charms.
The activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner was made an honorary Canadian citizen during an official ceremony in Ottowa today, where the pair exchanged a series of kind words. Yousafzai called on Canadian politicians to use their influence to help fund education for girls worldwide during a powerful and inspirational speech, and not only praised the country's humanitarian efforts—including the way that they've openly embraced refugees—but also thanked them for their support of women's rights.
In turn, Trudeau sang his own praises of the 19-year-old, calling her the newest and possibly bravest citizen of Canada. "She challenged us as Canadians to think about how we can continue to strive for justice, for equality for opportunities for girls and women around the world," he said. "I certainly look forward to renewing our efforts to have a positive impact in the world."
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The humanitarian—who was accompanied by her parents Ziauddin and Toor Pekai Yousafzai—is only the sixth person to receive the honor, and also the youngest.
Keep on fighting, Malala.