Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai had a brief discussion with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, who was on the 2nd day of his New York trip. Ms Yousafzai became an iconic name in the movement of women education after she had been shot by Taliban gunmen.
Pakistani student Ms Yousafzai, 16, made a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head to become an international youth icon. Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a chat with Ms Yousafzai who had requested world leaders to promote education. She asked the member states of the United Nations to have more faith in books rather than guns.
Ms Yousafzai was taking part in the 1st anniversary of the Global Education First Initiative at the United Nations. She requested world leaders to send books instead of tanks to warring countries like Afghanistan. The Prime Minister's office in Canada initially refused to publicise what Mr Harper discussed with her. It was told that they had a 'private' discussion.
Nevertheless, it was informed later on that the Canadian PM had invited Ms Yousafzai to make a visit to Canada. Ms Yousafzai apparently had a discussion on her effort and determination on promoting women education.
Ms Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in Oct. 2012 when she was going to school. She was allegedly shot in the head for refusing to withdraw herself from going to school. The shooting incident was widely criticised all over the world. Ms Yousafzai was taken to a hospital in Britain where she managed to recover. She started going to school again in England in March 2013.
Meanwhile, Ms Yousafzai was awarded by Queen Rania of Jordan on Wednesday. She was given the Leadership in Civil Society Award at the Clinton Global Initiative's Citizen Awards Dinner in New York. Ms Yousafzai gave a brief speech on accepting the award.
The queen of Jordan was apparently overwhelmed by the opportunity to meet the youth icon. She later tweeted: "Malala, vision and strength we can all learn from - Congrats on receiving the Global Citizen Award!"
Watch Ms Yousafzai's speech on war and education here:
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