By Haroon Siraj
Swat : Eighteen year old human rights activist Hadiqa Bahsir from Swat was selected as one of the seventeen-members in global cohort of young leaders on sustainable development goals by United Nations.
The UN recognises seventeen young changemakers, who are leading efforts to combat the world’s most pressing issues and whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the SDGs on a biennial basis.
These young leaders aging between 18 to 29 represent the diverse voices of young people from every region of the world and are collectively responsible for activating millions of young people in support of the SDGs.
Hadiqa Bashir was born in 2002 in iftikhar’s home at saidu sharif, swat. She has been working on the issue of child marriages in Pakistan since 2013.
”During my efforts I successfully stopped seven early marriages at different localities at Swat. When I started work on the issue mostly people I met had not proper awareness about child marriages.,” she said adding that that poverty compel parents to sell their children.
Hadiqa said that at marghazar area of Swat she provided financial support to one a family who was going to arrange marriage of her child in early stage due to poverty.
“We need to formalise strategy to discourage child marriages in Pakistan. It’s a burning issue that the government needs to tackle as soon as possible, she said.
On issue of harrassment, she said many areas of her home town a number of girls face discrimination and harassment.
Talking to this Correspondent bashir’s father’s Iftikhar Hussain said that we are very happy for her nomination
“I will support my daughter at every stage and forum, she will be role model for other girls in the entire region,” he said.
Answering to a questions Hussain told that my daughter is visionary and confident, the day is not far when she will emerged successful in her mission.