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Zulaikha Patel

Youth in South Africa are currently using their voice to inspire change. Zulaikha Patel is a 13 year old South African youth who used her voice to stand against racist hair policies upheld by her school. She found the courage to speak up for herself and her classmates, defending their right to wear their hair in its natural state. 

Zulaikha’s voice has garnered global attention. IAWA salutes Zulaikha Patel and encourages all youth to find their voice and stand in their truth. In a statement Zulaikha said, “In my mind, I was prepared for this. I was fighting for every black child in this country. It’s time our cries are heard.” As protest in South Africa continues IAWA hopes their cries will lead to lasting change in their communities.  You can read more on this story here.