On Wednesday, April 12, Prime Minister Trudeau will present that citizenship to Malala Yousafzai. For young women across our country, it will be a moment of pride and hope. Her fearless stand is something Canada applauds. But recognizing her passion is not all Canada is doing to improve the lives of girls around the world.
"If Canada leads .. the world will follow."
The ceremony had been delayed by the 2014 Parliament Hill attack.
Our lives are rich with amazing women -- yourself included. We stand shoulder to shoulder with fierce women who can be found pushing through obstacles, through fears, fuelled by nothing but passion and an unquenchable thirst to reach what they believe possible. Inside of each one of us is a legacy being written, pages of history that will tell what changed because we were here and whose life was made different.
Boko Haram may seem like a remote African tribe that abducts girls, threatens to kill them, and marries them off against their will. Some introspection would reveal that the same tendencies are alive and instrumental in all Muslim societies.
Over the past nine months, I learned first hand the truth of one well-worn cliché -- a picture really is worth a thousand words. In this case, it's a select group of photos of young girls from around the world that forcefully convey their struggles for basic human rights.
Three remarkable events from the past year stand out from my perspective as the head of an international development agency. All made headlines at the time, but those headlines merely touched the surface of the events' profound ramifications as we look forward to 2014.
December 10 has been declared Human Rights Day. This is a day for all of us in the West, in particular, to pray for those who live under autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes who deny their citizens their humanity. There is slavery on the 21st century. While we exclaim over the movie "12 Years a Slave," we ignore those who are enslaved today, in Sudan and North Korea.
Jon Stewart isn't easily impressed. But on Tuesday, a 16-year-old left this sardonic late-show host speechless. A year after
But the Nobel for peace has never been awarded to a young person, or to a movement of young people for social change. There has been no shortage of contenders. When the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize is announced on Oct 11, many expect to hear a young person's name: Malala Yousafzai.