Teen Campaigns Against Child Marriage in Pakistan

Hadqai Bashir, age 14, campaigns in Pakistan’s Swat Valley (the home of Malala youssefi) to stop child marriage although it’s the norm. One of her classmates was married when she was in sixth grade and Hadqai saw how she suffered. She said, “ It’s a patriarchal society so I try to spread awareness, especially to parents.”[i] She goes after school to talk with girls and families in their neighborhoods with her parents’ approval. A BBC interview with her and a 16-year old named Shabana revealed her husband’s family beat her often, including her husband hitting her with a pipe. When she tried to go home, her parents returned her. But when her seven-year-old sister was to be married, Hadaqi talked them out of it. The mother said she won’t repeat the mistake she made with her older daughter.

[i] “The Girl Fighting to Stop Child Marriage in Pakistan,” BBC News, May 18, 2015.


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