To the 28 girls who will be forced to marry in the next 60 seconds, please know that I am working to bring about big change. Please have hope. When a young girl is forced to marry, she loses so many important things: she loses her childhood, her family and her hope. She can’t see or feel any support. She feels entirely alone.
I know this because that could have been me. And many of my friends became child brides. We need to help people change their perceptions and understand new ways of living and new traditions. We have to get community leaders to speak out against child marriage, and we need families to make different decisions for their daughters.
I work to do this through my music. I first wrote my music for my family, then for my people in Afghanistan. I wrote ‘Daughters for Sale’ for families because usually they don’t understand what girls’ feelings are inside. They don’t listen to girls. I wrote the song to let them know about our feelings, so they can hear what it is really like to be a girl. Then I made the music video of ‘Daughters for Sale’ for everyone around the world. In my music video, even if people can’t understand the words, they can understand the message through my clothes and my actions. Girls need to have hope for their futures, even if it is hard. If a girl loses hope, she’ll feel dead inside, and this is the worst thing.