The West continues to show its love and support for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban as she had refused to discontinue her studies. Canada is going to offer an honorary citizenship to Ms Yousafzai. It was informed by government sources on Wednesday, as reported by France24. The decision to offer Ms Yousafzai an honorary citizenship is expected to be made official soon while outlining the upcoming legislative agenda by the Canada government.
Ms Yousafzai had a secret talk with Canada PM Stephen Harper earlier in September. The prime minister's office refused to disclose what had been discussed by them. It was informed that they had had a 'private' discussion. Now that Canada is all set to offer Ms Yousafzai an honorary citizenship, one may assume that Mr Harper might have been extremely impressed with the young activist during their brief encounter.
If Ms Yousafzai is officially offered the honorary citizenship of Canada, she will join the prestigious league of personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Only five people have been offered the honorary citizenship by Canada. The other two are the Aga Khan and Raoul Wallenberg. If all goes as expected, Ms Yousafzai will become the sixth person to receive the same.
Ms Yousafzai missed out the opportunity to become the youngest to receive the Nobel Peace Prize last week. Nevertheless, she has become the youngest ever to be nominated. U.S. President Barack Obama, along with his family, welcomed Ms Yousafzai to the White House last week. She also won the Sakharov prize for human rights by the European Union.
Jon Stewart expressed his desire to adopt Ms Yousafzai on The Daily Show last week as he was extremely impressed with the courage and determination of the young woman who has been consistently campaigning for education. The queen of Jordan was also overwhelmed when she met Ms Yousafzai. She handed over the Global Citizen Award to Ms Yousafzai.