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Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai urges Canada to play leading role in girls' education fight

Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai,  co-winner calls honorary Canadian citizenship an 'incredible honour'.  

 
Malala Yousafzai called on Canada to play a leadership role in promoting education for girls and refugees around the world Wednesday after becoming an honorary Canadian citizen.
 
In an address to Parliament, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and girls' education activist heaped praise on Canada for its commitment to helping refugees, advancing women's rights and working for world peace.
 
She urged Canada to use its influence on the world stage to push for more education funding for girls and child refugees around the world.
 
"If Canada leads, the world will follow," she said to roaring applause and repeated standing ovations in a packed House of Commons.
 
In her speech, Yousafzai condemned acts of terror perpetrated in the name of Islam, including the Parliament Hill shooting that prevented her from receiving her honorary citizenship as scheduled in October 2014. She said as soon as an attacker commits violence in the name of her religion, "you are not a Muslim anymore."  And she encouraged young people not to wait before becoming active for a good cause.
 
"I used to think I had to wait to be an adult to lead. But I've learned that even a child's voice can be heard around the world," she said.
 
Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, and mother, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, were among the hundreds of politicians, dignitaries and students in the chamber. They were choked with emotion as they rose from their seats, hands to their hearts, when they were acknowledged by House Speaker Geoff Regan.  Yousafzai makes history as the youngest person ever to address Parliament, and she becomes just the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. She called that an "incredible honour."
 
She accepted a certificate and Canadian flag from the Peace Tower from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before making her noon address.
Last modified onWednesday, 12 April 2017 21:11

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