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Sonita Alizadeh

Sonita Alizadeh uses her rap lyrics and powerful voice to help end child marriage and inspire youth to dream bigger dreams. Sonita was born in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime, but grew up an undocumented refugee in Iran where she faced child marriage. In an effort to express her pain and share the experience of so many of her friends, she wrote the song “Daughters for Sale” and created a homemade music video. The song instantly caught fire and was shared around the world. In 2015, through The Strongheart Group, Sonita came to the United States where she is now a high school student. 

With the support of Strongheart, Sonita is now an international spokesperson for the rights of girls to choose their own destiny. She has spoken with world leaders, students and audiences globally about the impact of child marriage on girls’ wellbeing, and the larger consequences on health, education, human rights and even economies. Her story is told in the award winning documentary “Sonita,” which premiered in the U.S. at Sundance 2016. Sonita was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers of 2015, one of BBC's 100 Women of 2015, and one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 25 Under 25. Her work to help end child marriage has been featured by CNN, NPR, BBC, Vice Magazine, Buzzfeed News, and over 250 publications in 20 countries.