My name is Iram Asif and I am a young advocate leading a youth led organization in Pakistan. I believe that “You have to take a step if you want to bring a change, and you have to do something,”

I aim to build a gender sensitize, educated, violence free, healthy and a peaceful Pakistan for women and girls. I have been working on women rights from last eight years. I led child marriage campaign of my organization in which we fought for health and education opportunities for young girls at policy level. Due to our political advocacy punishment and fines for violation of child marriages are increased. I am now working to increase minimum age for a girl to marry from 16 years to 18 years. 

My vision for the future of our young generation is that we have to engage young people in all decision-making levels of the peacebuilding processes. It’s not just about the token representation of young people. The thing this resolution really addresses is the participation of young people: their prevention; their integration; that they have a basic right to live in a safe place where they have livelihoods; where they have the opportunities for education; where they have opportunities for sports. We have to actually include and integrate peacebuilding processes in every aspect of life.

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Congratulations on your successes and how far you have come on your journey! It's great to hear about the things you do to engage youth in discussion, as they are our future. I look forward to hearing more about your future endeavours.

Hi Iram,

You have already achieved so  much important work!  I am so pleased to hear of it, and proud of you--congratulations.  But I'm sure you feel that it is only the beginning.  We all have a long to way to go to achieve gender equality in just about every country in the world.  I know that it is especially challenging in Pakistan and I wish you much future success in all the hard work you are doing.  You are doing the right thing and your connection with World Pulse can probably help you a lot.

Keep up the good work!

Barbara