Meet Sonita Alizadeh, Afghan refugee and female rapper. At 18 years old, Sonita lives in the US and attends Wasatch Academy in Utah, where her musical talent has earned her a full scholarship.
It wasn’t so long ago that Sonita was a child laborer in Iran, working to help support her family as they were struggling to make ends meet after fleeing Afghanistan.
When she was 16, her family began making plans to sell her as a child bride to a man she had never met. In protest, Sonita a posted a video on YouTube of herself rapping a song entitled “Brides for Sale” (below), which convinced her parents to relent and ultimately led to an opportunity to study in the US.
Following her own journey to freedom, Sonita has continued to advocate for the rights of women and children around the world, and was interviewed at the Women in the World Summit which took place in London last week (see a clip here).
To learn more about Sonita’s story and to hear more of her music, check out this recent interview from Public Radio International.