Yemen, 16 years
Nominated by Alaa Al-Eryani (individual) and Saly Mohamed (individual)
A child must not fear his/her childhood to be taken away. A little girl must go to school and play with dolls and not become a bride. Every child deserves a childhood and I’m here to ensure that.
Nada, 16, lives in Yemen. Her sister committed suicide because of her child marriage and when it was her turn, Nada refused and ran away. She filmed herself for YouTube, pleading for help, and reached 8 million viewers in three days. Now living with her uncle, she campaigns for the right of children to enjoy their childhood, giving speeches and seminars in various countries. Nada has met with government officials to discuss mechanisms for preventing the military recruitment of children. She uses media outlets, including YouTube, to spread her message about child marriage, the recruitment of child soldiers, education in Yemen and children’s rights.