Learn: a cause, neighbourhoods, to raise awareness, the norm, settling


Hadiqa Bashir is a 14 year old with a cause – she wants to end child marriage in her community.

After school, she goes to other neighbourhoods in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley to raise awareness.

Such marriages are considered the norm for keeping land in the family or settling disputes.

It could take a long time for customs to change, but Hadiqa hopes that at least some of the girls can have a better future.

a cause
a principle people believe in and fight for

adjoined areas

to raise awareness
to make people know more about something

the norm
a behaviour considered acceptable in a situation

resolving a dispute with a compromise

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