Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to discuss the work of the G7 Gender Advisory Council and their commitment to girls’ education.
Canada holds the G7 presidency for 2018 and constituted a gender equality advisory council as part of its tenure. The council is meant to ensure gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all activities and outcomes under Canada’s G7 presidency.
Members of the council are selected on account of their contributions and commitment to advancing gender equality and includes prominent figures like Malala Yousafzai, Melinda Gates and Christine Lagarde.
In April 2017, the Pakistani Nobel laureate was bestowed with honorary Canadian citizenship.
Great to catch up with @Malala today in Ottawa. We talked about the important work of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council and our commitment to making sure more women & girls around the world get to go to school. pic.twitter.com/GU2GzdFNSc
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 7, 2018
“Today we proudly bestow honorary Canadian citizenship on Malala Yousafzai, a young woman from Pakistan who has done tremendous things for the people of her country and for the children of the world,” Trudeau said at the occasion.
So happy to be back in Canada today! 🇨🇦 Thank you, Prime Minister, for your time and your commitment to education for every child. https://t.co/xOELHsXMu8
— Malala (@Malala) September 8, 2018
She was given the Canadian flag from atop the Peace Tower at the entrance of parliament, and a copy of her 2013 book “I Am Malala” was added to the parliamentary library.
Malala had been invited to Canada by the previous Conservative government in 2014 — when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize — to receive Canadian citizenship in Toronto. But the ceremony was postponed due to the shooting of a ceremonial guard and an attack on parliament the same day.