Malala Yousafzai to become honorary Canadian: Report

Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani activist for girls’ education known worldwide for surviving a Taliban assassination attempt — will be granted honorary Canadian citizenship, according to a report.

Quoting a senior Canadian government official, CBC reports that Yousafzai, 16, will be granted the honour during Wednesday’s throne speech in Ottawa.

That will make her only the sixth person to be given honorary Canadian citizenship. She joins the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Aga Khan, Nelson Mandela and Raoul Wallenberg, who was a Swedish diplomat during the Second World War.

In October 2012, Yousafzai, a vocal defender of girls’ right to an education, was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She was on her way home from school.

She was sent a specialist hospital in Birmingham, England, and had since recovered to become an even more vocal advocate for education and human rights.

This summer, the United Nations dubbed July 12, which was her 16th birthday, Malala Day. (Courtesy Toronto Star)