Malala Yousafzai became the youngest honorary Canadian citizen on April 12, 2107 for her commitment to women’s rights and education. Umair Ahad, One of UNAC Calgary’s members had the amazing opportunity of attending this ceremony. He shared some words about the experience:
“Malala Yousafzai’s family invited me to attend her Honorary Citizenship ceremony in Parliament Hill. Malala and I were from the same town in Swat, Pakistan. At that time, religious extremism was rising. Myself and Ziaddun Yousafzai—Malala’s father—raised our voices for peace and education. Malala was a large part of this mission. A few years later, those extremists shot Malala. That was a sad day in my life.
I was very happy to hear Malala’s speech in Ottawa. That day the Pakistan High Commission arranged a beautiful evening for her, where I told her I am a part of the United Nations Association of Canada. She was so happy and told me that we will win this war.
Thank you Malala, for your kind words for me.”
–Umair Ahad (UK)