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From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards

Sonita Alizadeh

Nominated in Activism

About Sonita Alizadeh

Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh is galvanized by memories of her narrow escape from forced child marriage, and the awareness that millions of others aren’t so lucky. Making MTV headlines in 2015, “This Afghan Teen Escaped Forced Marriage By Making a Rap Video,” Sonita’s viral YouTube sensation, Brides For Sale, sparked her rescue by nonprofit The Strongheart Group, endowing her a US student visa, scholarship and freedom to pursue her education and dreams. Now recognized as the world’s leading youth end child marriage advocate, Sonita augments her powerful voice via a YouTube channel with 1M+ views. Sonita inspires youth to “be the generation” for positive world change.

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