This 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was released after 8 months in prison is one of many young women who gave up their childhoods to change the world
Palestinian Ahed Tamimi first became notable when she was only 11 years old according to Global Citizen. A video of her questioning an Israeli solider about her brother's arrest went viral and she soon became a symbol of activism. Global Citizen also notes since then Ahed has been very vocal about Israeli soldiers' presence in Palestine and has been attending marches and protests.
According to the Independent, Ahed was arrested for slapping Israeli soldiers. "Ahed allegedly slapped the two armed soldiers after she learned that Israeli troops had wounded her 15-year-old cousin, shooting him in the head from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby stone-throwing clashes," states the article.
Ahed who was sentenced to eight months in prison for the incident was released in late July 2018. The Independent states that she was met with banners and cheers when she returned to her home village of Nabi Saleh. While her father expects her to continue her activism, he told the Independent that she is looking into college options.
There are a number of young women who, like Ahed, are activists and doing what they can to change the world. Here are a few of them:
Bana Alabed, 8
At eight years old Bana Alabed is already an author who has written about her war experience in a book titled 'Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace'. According to Complex, Bana was on the world's radar after she posted a video on Twitter to speak about her experiences living in Aleppo, Syria "during the siege, airstrikes, and hunger."
Sonita Alizadeh, 21
The former child bride has been fighting against patriarchy in an unconventional way. She released a rap video titled Brides For Sale. The video soon went viral after it's release.
According to Complex, Sonita has been married off twice, the first time when she was 10 years old and the second time when she was 16. Sonita managed to escape and has been advocating for young girls not be child brides. "She continues to perform her powerful brand of rap and inspire a new generation of women to rebel against the outdated and cruel tradition of child brides in her home country".
Yolanda Renee King, 9
As one of Martin Luther King Jr's granddaughters, it seems like activism runs in the family. According to Global Citizen, Yolanda took to stage at the March for Our Lives rally to fight for a gun-free society. Her speech was reminiscent of her grandfather's famous 'I have a dream' speech standing on the podium saying, "I have a dream that enough is enough. And that this should be a gun-free world, period.”
These young women join the likes of 21-year-old Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, 16-year-old Zuliakha Patel - the young South African teen who fought against her school's oppressive policies and another 21-year-old, Elin Erossen, the Swedish student who stopped the deportation of an Afghan man.
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