Highlights of Malala Yousafzai’s Speech while Presented with an Honorary Canadian Citizenship

Highlights of Malala Yousafzai's Speech while Presented with an Honorary Canadian Citizenship

This is my first trip to Canada, but not my first attempt.

I am a Muslim and I believe that when you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill innocent people, you are not a Muslim anymore.

Around the world, we have heard about Canada’s heroes.

Many people from my own country of Pakistan have found a promised land in Canada.

I felt fear when I went to school, thinking that someone would stop me and harm me. I would hide my books under my scarf.

The sound of bombs would wake me up at night.

I am humbled to accept honorary citizenship to your country. While I will always be a proud Pashtun and citizen of Pakistan, I am grateful to be an honorary member of your nation of heroes.

We have heard so much about Prime Minister Trudeau — but one thing has surprised me: people are always talking about how young he is.

I stand with girls, as someone who knows what it’s like to flee your home and wonder if you’ll ever go back to school.

The world needs leadership based on serving humanity, not based on how many weapons you have. Canada can take that lead.

Our world has many problems, but we don’t need to look far for the solution, we already have one.


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