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Malala Yousafzai awarded honorary Canadian citizenship

April 12, 2017

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Malala Yousafzai is presented with an honorary Canadian citizenship by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. —AP
Malala Yousafzai is presented with an honorary Canadian citizenship by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. —AP
Malala Yousafzai signs the guest book as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan look on. —AP
Malala Yousafzai signs the guest book as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan look on. —AP

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai received honorary citizenship in Canada and became the youngest person to address the country's Parliament.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented her with a framed certificate of citizenship on Wednesday. She's only the sixth person to receive the honor and the youngest ever.

The 19-year-old activist was 15 when she was shot in the head by Taliban militants while returning from school. She was reportedly targeted for advocating women's education.

She won world acclaim for her campaign and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Yousafzai was originally scheduled to receive her honorary citizenship in 2014 but the Canadian Parliament was stormed by an armed terrorist that day.

Yousafzai says that man called himself a Muslim but did not share her faith.

Justin Trudeau walks with Malala Yousafzai in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill. —Reuters
Justin Trudeau walks with Malala Yousafzai in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill. —Reuters