Malala Yousafzai, 16, will be granted honorary Canadian citizenship. She is the sixth person in history to be awarded the honor. Yousafzai , a Pakistani activist for girls’ education, became famous after surviving a Taliban assassination attempt. She was shot in the head on her way home from school.
Instead of hiding from the limelight, Yousafzai embraced it and became an even more vocal defender of girls’ rights and education.
The other six people to hold honorary Canadian citizenship include the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Aga Khan, Nelson Mandela and Raoul Wallenberg.
July 12, Yousafzai’s birthday, has been dubbed Malala Day by the United Nations. Yousafzai does not wish to be celebrated alone.
"Malala day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights,” she said in a speech to the United Nations.