Hadiqa Bashir

iftikhar Hussain
Posted January 6, 2020 from Pakistan
Hadiqa Bashir
one human being with conviction can bring the real change

Bashir was born in 2002 to Iftikhar Hussain (father) and Sajda Ifthikar (mother). Bashir was ten years old when her grandmother wanted to marry her off. She had seen the plight of her classmate who was married at an early age and did not want to get married. the founder of Girls United for Human Rights helped her push off the marriage.Since then, Bashir has been working in her community to help end child marriages.

Activism

The journey for Bashir started after her own struggle to avoid a marriage. In 2014, she founded Girls United for Human Rights to fight for women's rights. After school, she goes from house to house to talk to women persuading them to not marry off their young teenage daughters. She advocates for education for girls. She intervenes whenever she hears of a forced marriage. She has been able to convince five families in her community to not force their young daughters to marry. Through her organization, Bashir helps women who face domestic abuse. The aids are medical or legal so that the women are supported.

Girls United is a group of fifteen girls who conduct awareness sessions in local schools, colleges and in communities to openly talk about benefits of child education and health. Through her work, Bashir wants her conservative community to start seeing women's rights, education and marriage differently.

“We live in a constricted society,” says Hadiqa, “and I am going against the paternal system.”

To date, she says she has convinced five families in her community not to force their young daughters into early marriage. Earlier this year, she stopped one family from marrying off their seven-year-old daughter.

Others girls have not been so fortunate.

Shahida was married when she was seven years old, Hadiqa recalls. Now 17, she has a two-year-old son. In the early years of her marriage, Shahida was too small to take on domestic chores around the house, angering her mother-in-law so much that she accused Shahida of having affairs with other men. As punishment, her husband cut off her nose to disfigure her.

“we are providing her legal aid, and we have also referred her for medical aid, and now she has been undergoing reconstructive surgery for her nose,” says Hadiqa. “She has had her second surgery and now, with our help, she is recovering.”

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 06
Jan 06

Dear Sis
You are doing great work. How are you dear ? Hope you are well . Be good

Hello, Iftikhar,

How are you? Congratulations on writing your first post!

It’s sad that child marriage is still practiced today. I’m glad that Bashir escaped that trap and is now actively educating women/mothers against it.

Thank you for sharing her story with us!

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 07
Jan 07

Hello Iftikhar,
Thank you for this story about a woman who truly deserves recognition for the courageous work she has been doing. The right for women and girls to choose who to marry and whether or not to marry is a fundamental right and as you describe, the fight for this right is far from over, and I can only imagine the great strength and dedication that it has taken Bashir to create and build Girls United for Human Rights. May she continue to be surrounded by others such as yourself who support her.

iftikhar Hussain
Jan 16
Jan 16

highly appreciate your support Tamarack Verrall

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hello Iftikhar,
You are most welcome to World Pulse and thank you for sharing your first post on ending Child marriages. God bless Bashir for being such a strong advocate to end child marriages. She is the best person to advocate for ending this practice because she has witnessed her friends being forced into child marriages.
Thank you for posting and looking forward to more updates.
Have a blessed and prosperous 2020.

Jill Langhus
Jan 08
Jan 08

Hello Iftikhar,

Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on your first post. I'm so glad that there are organizations such as Girls United because this ancient, harmful practice needs to end. It would be great if Bashir joined World Pulse so we could hear even more about her amazing work. Please let us know if she has a website and/or social media page(s) to follow. I'm looking forward to hearing more about her amazing work and impact!

Hope you have a great week!

iftikhar Hussain
Jan 16
Jan 16

https://www.facebook.com/hadiqa.bashir.9n this is her work link on face book and you can check the other link in my comment

Jill Langhus
Jan 17
Jan 17

Thanks, Iftikhar! I've liked her page now. I hope she is able to join us:-)

Lisbeth
Jan 09
Jan 09

Hi dear,
We all warmly welcome you to this amazing platform. A big congratulations also on your first post. What a sad story of this our young sister.

Can you imagine? Why will parents want to put the life's of their kids in such unwholesome danger.

Great issue here. I hope and pray this organization will expose such selfish families.
Thanks for sharing to inspired us. Hope you are having a good day.
Greetings
Lizzy

Chinyere Kalu
Jan 12
Jan 12

OMG! What a world . A child married off at 7? Well done dear Bashir. Education is the only key to breaking a patriarchical society in which girls and women are held bondage.I pray for you to more help so more girls can be saved. Ride on Girl, you can do more!

iftikhar Hussain
Jan 16
Jan 16

hi guys i am really obliged by your appreciation of Hadiqa bashir work . here are her face book page links.https://www.facebook.com/hadiqabashirofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/hadiqa.bashir.9