[VIDEO] Life story of Swat’s Hadiqa Bashir, a survivor working to rescue victims of child marriage
Hadiya is the recipient of the Asian Girls Human Rights Ambassador award and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award.
An 18-year-old girl named Hadiqa Bashir has broken up ten to fifteen child weddings in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She has also convinced several local imams to speak out against child marriages.
Miss Hadiqa is the recipient of the Asian Girls Human Rights Ambassador award and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award.
She has recently been included in the UN’s 17-member Team of Young Leaders for Global Sustainable Development Goals.
For the past several years, the young activist who has been preparing for her law entry test has made it her mission to ensure no child marriage in her area.
When Hadiqa was 11-years-old, her grandmother wanted her to marry a local taxi driver. Speaking about her story, she said, “My family thought it was a good match. However, I fought against my grandmother’s decision and even threatened my family with legal consequences. It was a tough decision to make, but I had to do it.”
Speaking about when she first thought against child marriages, the Human Rights Activist said, “It was my friend’s wedding when we were just 7. It then triggered me that this custom was wrong. When my friend got married, we imagined it was going to be like a dolls’ wedding.”
She added, “It was all fun and entertainment for us. However, my friend stopped attending school, and she told us that her husband used to beat her up. I was scared after hearing her story.”
The young activist added, “I will not stop helping young girls because it is personal. It’s about my sisters.”
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