Girls in Niger are expected to defer to their parents’ decisions, but Ramatou took a stand when her parents arranged a marriage for her. She protested, and after her mentor and the local imam intervened, her parents relented.
Here is what Ramatou Abdoul Hamidou, 14-years-old said: “when I saw teenage girls who refused to marry, I thought they were rebels... but now I understand their refusal. They just want to defend their rights.”
Like Ramatou girls can make their voices heard and have their rights defended.
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