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

Health
Kicking Child Malnutriction Out of Uganda
What is the problem?  Malnutrition is a world wide problem, every year 2.6 million children die because of this. The effects of Malnutrition is most dangerous in pregnant woman and children. Ananias has seen that the woman in his area do not know how to feed themselves or their babies during or after pregnancy. It has to do with nourishment with low nutrients and high calories. This is one of the reasons too many babies are born underweight. It is important for the health of pregnant women and children that they are knowledgeable of malnutrition. That is why Ananias wants to become active. What is Ananias’ solution? Ananias wants to spread the knowledge of malnutrition in children and pregnant woman via an educational campaign. This campaign will focus especially on mothers and caregivers/nurses. He truly believes that by doing so malnutrition and underweight will decline. What is the goal?  Ananias’ goal is to see the total amount of malnutritional children sharply decline. How is Ananias going to do this?  Firstly, Ananias will ask youths (younger than 24) at his University to participate in his project. He will then participate in 6 local radio station to talk about malnutrition in children and pregnant women. After that, he wants to go together with his group of students to various neighborhoods and fugitive camps to spread the word on malnutrition. He will lead up the whole project himself and the planning and make sure that the goal is reached. 
Child marriage
Sazeda's Youth Groups
What’s the problem? Child marriage is a custom that is widely spread throughout Bangladesh, where Sazeda is from. It is a custom which creates a great number of limits for girls and for the fulfillment of their rights. For instance, many girls marrying as children drop out of school as a consequence. Especially in Sazeda’s region there are high odds for child marriage. UNICEF estimates that victims of this custom are around 59% of the population. What is Sazeda’s solution? In order to stop child marriage, Sazeda is planning on doing a number of activities. The activities are directed at increasing girls’ self-dependency, which can be achieved primarily through education. For starters, she wants to form youth groups to raise the awareness of children on child marriage. The Youth Group Activity will take place in the form of group session, where there will be 20 peer educators to lead the sessions, for three hours a day for three days. These group sessions are meant for both girls and boys. In this way, Sazeda wants to transfer knowledge and skills. She hopes that they will understand the negative consequences of child marriage and change their behavior. Another planned activity are to held the group sessions on child marriage in the schools. Those school sessions will take place once a month for two months. Spreading this message at the place, that, more than any, has the power to combat this custom, has a crucial value for Sazeda. What is Sazeda’s goal? Sazeda’s goal is to decrease the rate of child marriage among girls. She wants girls to continue their education and to not drop out of school in case of early marriage. In this way, their self-dependency will increase. How does Sazeda work? Sazeda will lead her project. She fiercely believes in the participation of other children to implement her project plans, and aims at strong youth capacity building. Sazeda is convinced, that spreading knowledge about the consequences of child marriage is essential to stop this custom. This is why the starting point of her activities is in schools and involves the participation of other children. What does Sazeda need? In order to share her message and educate children on the topic of child marriage, Sazeda needs: training and sessions materials, such as posters, markers, art paper, books, writing pads, pens, flash cards and modules Theater materials, for the Theater for Development, such as costumes and music materials Who does she need? Sazeda needs the participation and endorsement of her project by other children. Also, she needs adults believing in her cause that allow their children to participate in her activities. As well, Sazeda needs people to help her in mobilizing resources for her projects.
Health
A Drug-free Child Environment
What is the problem? Far too many children in Ahmed’s surroundings get addicted to drugs at an early age, thereby reducing their chances of a good future. It has a huge impact on the lives of these children as they do not quite realize the consequences of their drug use. According to Ahmed, the Liberian government should play a larger part in the prevention of drug use among children. What is Ahmed’s solution? Ahmed wants to inform his community about the use of drugs with the March For The Mind campaign. Young people will gather on the streets to create attention for this subject and draw up a petition to get the government to take action. Besides that, workshops will be given to 75 to 150 children about the effects of drugs. What is the goal? Ahmed hopes that not only will the government take action, but also that children will receive more information about the effect of drugs through the workshops. His ultimate goal is for a safe environment where children get the chance to develop and face a good future, without drugs.  
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