Unstoppable. Fierce. Determined. Hasina is all this and more. I met her during my visit to Ethiopia with @unicef
. She blew me away with her grit and purpose, standing up for right to continue going to school and to decide her own future.
When her brother-in-law’s friend asked her parents for her hand in marriage, Hasina knew she wasn’t ready for that yet. “How am I going to live marrying a person I don’t even know? Will I ever go back to school again?” She asked herself all these questions and one day, when the man was visiting her house, she escaped and went to one of the community-based prevention centres she had heard about at school. The community, along with the authorities, stepped in and stopped the marriage.
Hasina is one of the many girls who dream of a future where every girl can be a girl - not a bride, not a victim of violence or discrimination. Nothing but a powerful, unstoppable girl ready to take on the world.
It’s your turn… I’d love to hear your stories of girls you admire and why. Just post in the comments below or using the hashtags below.
AND every day, let’s lift every girl up!#W4W#GenerationEquality #EndChildMarriage