Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Ottawa to name Malala Yousafzai an honorary Canadian citizen

Malala Yousafzai speaks during a news conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim celebrating International Day of the Girl in Washington on Oct. 11, 2013.


Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for girls' education and the target of a Taliban assassination attempt, will be made an honorary Canadian citizen.

A senior government source confirms that Wednesday's Throne Speech will confer the honour on the 16-year-old international figure.

Yousafzai was shot in the head in her native Pakistan by the Taliban in October, 2012, while she was on a bus going home from school.

Story continues below advertisement

Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Yousafzai in New York on Sept. 26 where she discussed her efforts to promote education for women and girls.

Harper also invited her to visit Canada.

Yousafzai, who now lives in England with her family, was the youngest ever nominee last week for the Nobel Peace Prize, which was won by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Her memoir, I Am Malala, was published last week.

Report an error

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨