Malala meets PM Trudeau to discuss G7 gender council’s work

TORONTO – Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to discuss the work of the G7 Gender Advisory Council and their commitment to girls’ education.

The Canadian prime minister took to Twitter and shared a picture of the meeting saying, “Great to catch up with @malala today in Ottawa”.

Trudeau added, “We talked about the important work of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council and our commitment to making sure more women & girls around the world get to go to school”.

In response, Yousafzai said: “So happy to be back in Canada today! Thank you, Prime Minister, for your time and your commitment to education for every child”.

Canada holds the G7 presidency for 2018 and constituted a gender equality advisory council as part of its tenure. The council is meant to ensure gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all activities and outcomes under Canada’s G7 presidency.

Members of the council are selected on account of their contributions and commitment to advancing gender equality and includes prominent figures like Malala Yousafzai, Melinda Gates and Christine Lagarde.

Malala had been invited to Canada by the previous Conservative government in 2014 — when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize — to receive Canadian citizenship in Toronto. But the ceremony was postponed due to the shooting of a ceremonial guard and an attack on parliament the same day.

She was given the Canadian flag from atop the Peace Tower at the entrance of parliament, and a copy of her 2013 book “I Am Malala” was added to the parliamentary library.

In October 2012, Malala — then 15-years-old — was shot in the head at point-blank range by Taliban gunmen as she was returning from her school in Swat valley. She suffered bullet injuries and was admitted to the Military Hospital Peshawar and then taken to London for further treatment.

Later Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan took responsibility, saying they attacked the girl for her “pro-peace, anti-Taliban and ‘secular’ agenda”.

The shooting drew widespread international condemnation and she was subsequently sent to Britain for treatment.

Malala became the youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, in recognition of her efforts for children’s rights.