Hadiqa - KidsRights
“Send girls off to learn, not off to marry.”
Name

Hadiqa

Country of origin
Pakistan
Current country
Pakistan
Age
17
Theme:

Hadiqa first came across child marriage when she was 7 years old. Her friend told her she was getting married. Initially, Hadiqa did not really see this as a problem. In fact, her and her friends were looking forward to the wedding and the party. However, when her friend did not go to school anymore after the marriage, Hadiqa started to have doubts.

When Hadiqa was 11 years old, she got a marriage proposal herself. She definitely did not want to get married, and luckily her uncle supported her decision. He informed her about the her rights, and because of that, together they convinced Hadiqa’s parents not to marry her off.

Shortly after this, when she was 12, Hadiqa decided to start fighting against child marriages. She went door to door to inform families about them. That is how in 2014, her organization Girls United for Human Rights started.

Girls United for Human Rights
Girls United for Human Rights comprises of a group of girls, all younger than 18 years old. Together they are fighting against child marriages, and for equal opportunities for girls and women.

What does Girls United for Human Rights do?
The girls of Girls United for Human Rights take action in various ways to reach their goal. For example, they organize gatherings in which they try to make people aware of their rights, and the negative consequences of child marriages. They also visit families at their homes to convince them.

They also use theater for young people and children, and try to involve the local government, especially the women, to get their support.

Next to that, they are running campaigns. An example of that is the back to school-campaign, which aims to keep, or let married girls return to school. In order to get more influence at schools, they developed a manual for young girls. These manuals are being spread around various schools in the neighborhood.

Mission
Hadiqa would like other girls to become changemakers, and in that way start fighting for their own rights. She hopes that in this way discrimination and violence against girls, and eventually child marriages, will decrease.

Highlights

Environment
Without Borders
Without Borders is KidsRights’ project partner in Sri Lanka. Without Borders started in 2014, as a group of young volunteers that wanted to teach English to children and adults.
Education
Taran’s children’s rights workshops
What is the problem? According to Taran, children and adults are often not aware of the rights that a child has; whilst children’s rights are so important for children and their future. Awareness of children’s rights is especially low in the countryside of Mauritius. What is Taran’s solution? Through Taran’s work for a children’s rights organization, he has gathered a lot of knowledge about children’s rights and has experience conducting workshops. He is therefore planning to give children’s rights workshops to children living in the countryside of Mauritius. He will start with two workshops at two different locations with 30 children per workshop. During the workshop Taran will focus on children’s rights in general and he is allowed to make use of the teaching materials of the children’s rights organization he works for. Also he will give the word to two young guest speakers and lead a group discussion. What is the goal ? Taran’s goal is to make sure that children become aware of their rights and know how to apply this to their daily lives. He also hopes that participants will make use of an online hotline. This is an organization where children can turn to with all their questions and experiences. Professionals will be at hand to answer their questions. It is not the hotline that Taran works for, but he thinks that in this way he will be able to judge the impact of his workshops. How does Taran work? The children’s rights organization where Taran works will help him with the organization and execution of the workshops. Taran’s responsibilities lie in the selection and invitation of the young participants and leading the group discussions. He expects that it will be a challenge to convince parents to allow their children to come to a workshop that will last a whole day. The workshops, teaching materials and the lunch will be free. He hopes that will help. Who does he need? Taran needs help from his work in organizing the workshops. He is also looking for two young people who can help him with this project. What does Taran need? He needs teaching materials from his work and a location to conduct the workshop. He would also like to serve tea and lunch.
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