Her Rap Song Saved an Afghan Girl from Marriage at 14

A rap song saved an Afghan gjrl from early marriage. Living in Iran, Sonita Alizadeh’s parents told her when she was 14 they needed her dowry money to pay for her brother’s wedding. To protest, she made a music video called “Brides for Sale.” She dressed as a bride with a bruised face and a barcode on her forehead. Her parents got the message and backed down. She advocates that “girls need to have hope for heir future, even if it is hard. If a girl loses hope, she’ll feel dead inside and this is the worst thing.” Her music led to a scholarship in the US. Shuka Kalantari, “Afghan Rapper Escaped Teen Marriage by Singing About It,” PRI, May 12, 2015.


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