And this week Akbar, who is from the same region as Malala Yousafzai, was nominated for Kids Rights’ 2017 International Children’s Peace Prize in recognition of her work to end child marriage and corporal punishment.
'I want a world where every child has food, health, education, peaceful environment and equal rights to live,' Akbar has said.
Akbar is one of eight Pakistani children nominated for the award, and one out of a total of 151 nominees from around the world. If she is named the prize winner on Dec. 4, Akbar will closely follow in the footsteps of girls’ education advocate Yousafzai, who was awarded the prize in 2013.
Both of Akbar’s parents have worked to improve the lives of people in Pakistan, so it’s no surprise that the teenager should follow in their footsteps. According to Kids Rights, Akbar’s father is the founder of Child Rights Committee, an NGO, while her mother works for an organization focusing on women’s development."
Read article by Daniele Selby from Global Citizen.