Zimbabwe, 17 years
Nominated by Shanduko Yeupenyu Child Care
You and I have a responsibility for every child to be safe.
Christable, 17, lives in Harare’s biggest slum, in Zimbabwe. She has been awarded a scholarship to pay for her school fees, because her caregivers struggled to afford it. Seeing girls around her married off young, taken out of school, and vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse, Christable became a vocal advocate for children’s rights. She is a member of the Children’s Parliament and has received training on child protection issues, and many children look up to her because of her knowledge and passion. She is a class mentor at school and also leads school clubs on children’s rights issues and responsibilities. She is a girl empowerment advocate and educates her community about the harmful effects of child marriage. She also assists vulnerable girls with their education to give them a chance to be economically more independent. In the future Christable plans to be a lawyer, to advocate for children’s rights and give children access to education, protection, food and care.