Aichurek - KidsRights
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Name

Aichurek

Country of origin
Kyrgyzstan
Current country
Kyrgyzstan
Age
15
Theme:

Aichurek is the daughter of migrant parents and has a disabled mother. Her father left them years ago. At the age of 12, she had to go to work to look after her family. During that time she learned about her rights as a child and subsequently stood up for them. She also told other children about their rights, in order to keep them out of the same misery that she had been through. Aichurek is especially focused on the right of children to a non-violent environment at school and at home. Together with some friends, she set up a private foundation to create more awareness, by thorough training and theater performances.  

Highlights

Disabilities
Aznova's Inclusion Workshops
What is the problem? Barguna in Bangladesh, where Aznova is from, is a cyclone prone area and thus vulnerable to natural disasters. It does not offer inclusive disaster risk reduction initiatives for disabled people, who are much more at risk when disasters occur. Also, the education system is not inclusive and disabled children are left behind. People view disabled children as a burden of the family or community in general and as a result, disabled children have no proper access to services. What is Aznova’s solution? Aznova wants to provide disabled children with quality education and disaster risk reduction measures as well. She wants to raise awareness and change the public opinion on these two issues. She plans on doing this through a number of workshops and counselling sessions. The participants of these workshops would be the disabled children, their parents, the community’s youth, local journalists and members of the local government. During the workshop, she wants to empower disabled children to become role models in the community to show that every child has power and rights. Aznova wants children within her region to get organized as leaders and mobilize the community in favour of disabled children. Also, Aznova plans on having information sessions with disabled children and their parents to educate them that disability should not be seen as a burden on the family. What is Aznova’s goal? Aznova’s goal is that disabled children are seen as actual right-holding individuals, that are respected and adequately cared for appropriately to their condition. She thinks that her project will be successful once disabled children will no longer be undermined or discriminated against in her region. Aznova’s other goal is that community leaders, service providers and local authorities realize the importance of serving disabled children and giving them adequate access to services like education, disabled-friendly infrastructure and cyclone shelters and adequate health services. How does Aznova work? Aznova plans on leading her project, but strongly counts on the involvement and participation of other children. She will coordinate the projects and cooperate with other children to achieve its success. What does Aznova need? Disabled-children friendly materials to play and learn Who does Aznova need? In order to implement her projects, Aznova will need support from professionals on disability issues to give disabled children their needed support and that respect their rights fully. Also, she needs the participation of (disabled) children and their parents.
Child marriage
Girls United for Human Rights by Hadiqa
What's the problem? Where Hadiqa lives, many girls have to marry at a young age. This happens throughout Pakistan, but in Hadiqa’s neighborhood, the number of child marriages is the highest. Girls are expected to marry early, have children and stay at home to look after their families. They can’t play or go to school anymore and have no opportunities to grow. Far too often, they become victims of (sexual) violence. Hadiqa was 11 years old when she received a marriage proposal herself. Read more about Hadiqa's story. This encouraged her to establish Girls United for Human Rights at the age of 12. What is Hadiqa's solution? With Girls United for Human Rights, Hadiqa wants to ensure that girls get into action, so that together they can create a world in which everyone is equal and girls have a better life. The organization consists of only girls, under the age of 18. Together they go to families, organize meetings and conduct campaigns. This way, they want to raise awareness about the negative consequences of child marriages. Read more about Girls United for Human Rights. Hadiqa would like to expand her organization with podcasts, education and training.  In the podcasts, Hadiqa wants to let girls speak who got out of a marriage themselves. She will educate religious leaders. These leaders have a lot of influence on people and can therefore ensure that people look at child marriages differently. Train girls through the Young Girls Leadership Program, to become a changemaker and to assume a role as a leader. What is the goal? Hadiqa's goal is to improve the lives of girls and women in her Pakistani neighborhood. How does she do it? Together with her team, Hadiqa defines what exactly should happen. These tasks are then divided among them. Hadiqa keeps the overview and keeps an eye on whether everyone is doing well. She finds it important that all activities are evaluated afterwards. What have we achieved? What went well? And what should we do differently next time? To ensure that this is possible, they must determine in advance how it will be measured. What does Hadiqa need? For the project, Hadiqa needs, among other things, sound equipment, pens, transport, a laptop and a camera. Who does she need? Girls who want to share their personal story. Religious leaders who want to assist her in her fight against child marriage.
Environment
Green Hope: to protect the environment
Youth organisation Green Hope is founded and lead by Kehkashan Basu. In 2016 she won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts to protect our environment and to create a sustainable future. Read more about Kehkashan When she was 12 she established Green Hope. They organized large scale events in Dubai to clean the beach. Green Hope has since become a large international organisation with more than a 1000 young members.

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