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Toronto, April 12, 2017: Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai was bestowed honorary Canadian citizenship on Wednesday.

Yousafzai was greeted on the steps of the Centre Block by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as a parade of dignitaries, cabinet ministers and diplomats inside the rotunda beneath the Peace Tower, The Toronto Star reported.

Moments later, Trudeau presented her with a certificate documenting her as an honorary Canadian, making her the sixth and youngest ever person to receive the honour.

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“It is not just an honorary citizenship of Canada; it is also being Canada’s friend, and I warmly accept it,” Yousafzai told the gathering afterward.

“I want to thank Canada for its passion for girls’ education, for its passion for humanity, for refugees, and for standing up for women’s rights, and for peace.

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“You are a true example to the world of what it means to stand up for humanity, and I’m hopeful you will inspire many more countries and many more leaders to follow your footsteps,” she said.

At the ceremony, Trudeau said that Malala’s story was inspirational.

“All the violence you survived at the hands of the Taliban didn’t deter you as it would have so many others,” Trudeau told the ceremony. “You stood even stronger in the face of oppression; your passion for justice only intensified,” he added. (IANS)

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Harvard University To Reward Malala Yousafzai For Her Rewarding Social Work

Now 20, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai adjusts her scarf as she speaks during an interview with Reuters at a local hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. VOA

Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai is being honored by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.

Harvard’s Kennedy School says Yousafzai will be awarded the 2018 Gleitsman Award at a Dec. 6 ceremony.

Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 when she was recognized for her global work supporting schooling for all children.

Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, center, meets with the principal, second left, of all-boys Swat Cadet College Guli Bagh, upon her arrival during her hometown visit, 15 kilometers outside of Mingora, March 31, 2018.

As a teen in Pakistan, she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She later founded the nonprofit Malala Fund to support her work.

Harvard officials say her story has inspired a generation of boys and girls to follow in her footsteps.

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Now 20, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

The Gleitsman Award provides $125,000 for activism that has improved quality of life around the world. (VOA)