Fiyha Al Tayeb Nasser Is A Child Rights Activist

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13-year-old Fiyha Al Tayeb Nasser is a child rights activist. She is smart, bold, and clearly articulates child rights issues. For many years, as a saleema girls club leader Fiyha together with her peers have advocated against violence including child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

KHARTOUM MARCH 14: 13-year-old Fiyha Al Tayeb Nasser is a child rights activist. Prior to the ongoing conflict in Sudan that led to the closure of schools across the country, Fiyha was the president of the girls’ or Saleema club at Hamira Primary School, located in the remote locality of Al- Gabaleen, White Nile State.

She is smart, bold, and clearly articulates child rights issues. No wonder she has championed the great cause of advocating for child rights in her school and community, for years now.

At her home, located a few kilometres from the main town, she sits under the makeshift shelter stitching clothes for her younger siblings – turning old fabric into neatly hand sewn little dresses, with pleats. Occasionally she also knits little bags to match the ‘new’ outfits.

When she is not in the community reminding everyone about the rights of children, she takes time to play with her siblings, skipping the rope in her home area located below the beautiful mountains of Aljabalin. She is just a child.

For many years, as a saleema girls club leader Fiyha together with her peers have advocated against violence including child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). The girls’ club is part of many other forums established by UNICEF and the wider network of the Al- Gabaleen Locality Club Formation and Girls’ Training and Empowerment Programme under the Sudan Free of FGM programme funded by the UK and Canada Governments.

During crises and displacements, violence against children heightens. As such, UNICEF is realigning interventions under the SFFGM joint programme with its emergency response. Through this approach, advocates like Fiyha and many others earlier trained on identifying, reporting, and addressing gender-based violence including FGM and child marriage are taking lead.

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