Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has become only the sixth person, and the youngest, to receive honorary Canadian citizenship.
Canada bestowed the title on Yousafzai, 19, during a ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday.
“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.
“While I will always be a proud Pashtun and a proud citizen of Pakistan, I’m grateful to be an honorary member of your nation of heroes,” Yousafzai said.
“Though I still require a visa, but that’s another discussion,” she added, with a laugh.
Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 aged 17.
Earlier this week she was named a UN Messenger of Peace, the highest honour awarded by the United Nations, for her work on girls’ right to education worldwide.
Yousafzai first came to international prominence after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head near her school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. – CINEWS