Canada to grant honorary citizenship to Malala Yousafzai

OTTAWA Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:56am IST

Malala Yousafzai, 16-year-old Pakistani campaigner for the education of women, speaks during a news conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (not pictured), celebrating International Day of the Girl in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Gary

Malala Yousafzai, 16-year-old Pakistani campaigner for the education of women, speaks during a news conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (not pictured), celebrating International Day of the Girl in Washington October 11, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Gary

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, will be granted honorary Canadian citizenship, the Canadian government announced on Wednesday.

She will join an elite group of foreign honorees who include South Africa's Nelson Mandela and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi.

"Canada recognizes the courageous and inspiring example set by Malala Yousafzai in risking her life promoting education for young women," the government said in a speech setting out its priorities for the next two years.

"She faced down evil and oppression and now speaks boldly for those who are silenced."

After receiving death threats from the Taliban for defying the Islamist militant group with her outspoken views on the right to education, Yousafzai was shot a year ago while on a school bus near her village in Swat in northwestern Pakistan.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Eric Walsh)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Jan Dhan Yojana

REUTERS SHOWCASE

India Beat England

India Beat England

Raina lashes down as India thrash sorry England.  Full Article 

Political Pulse

Political Pulse

Modi slams whispering campaign against Rajnath Singh.  Full Article 

Badaun Hanging Case

Badaun Hanging Case

Suspects in UP teen-hanging case may walk free, for now: source.  Full Article 

Mideast Conflict

Mideast Conflict

Gaza truce holding but Israel's Netanyahu under fire at home.  Full Article 

E-Commerce Investment

E-Commerce Investment

Ratan Tata invests in online retailer Snapdeal.  Full Article 

Coal Allocations

Coal Allocations

India's coal crunch - a chance to revamp, reallocate and revive.  Full Article 

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan's prime minister resolved to ride out protests crisis.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage