Nada al-Ahdal, 11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl, Protests Child Marriage On YouTube [VIDEO]

By William Cannon Nada al-Ahdal protest child marriage on YouTube. Screenshot from YouTube In a powerful video posted to YouTube an 11-year-old Yemeni girl by the name of Nada al-Ahdal protest against child marriage and running away from home to escape from marrying an older man. RELATED: Children of Immigrants Come Out Ahead of Peers Nada explains that she has ran away from home […]

‘I’m better off dead’: 11-year-old Yemeni girl escapes arranged marriage

A video posted online by an 11-year-old Yemeni girl has gained worldwide attention after she claimed she ran away from her family to escape an arranged marriage. Nada al-Ahdal said she was saved from the arrangement only after her uncle intervened, the Daily Mail reported. “Go ahead and marry me off. I’ll kill myself,” she says in the […]


The Nada Foundation is investing in the generation that will rebuild Yemen when the civil war ends. To do so, the foundation’s visionary Our Dreams Thrive project is set up to reach out to girls displaced by the country’s catastrophic violence and conflict. Educating girls protects their human rights and changes traditional attitudes toward early […]

Support from Yemen’s Political Figures

Persistence pays off as Nada’s work is embraced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdul Malik Mikhlafi. Through Dr. Mikhlafi’s logistical support Nada has been able to travel to International conferences to convey her message to the world.

Prime Minister calls Nada an “Icon of Yemen”

Upon meeting with the Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, Nada was able to convey the suffering of Yemeni children and offer up suggestions for ways to help. She was able to impress the Prime Minister with the urgent need to legally ban child marriage, domestic violence and forms of wartime exploitation, earning her […]

child marriage What’s on the agenda for the coming year: Three takeaways from UNGA75

ending child marriage This year, the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA75) looked very different to previous years, with the majority of events and meetings taking place online. This virtual format did not, however, stop world leaders from having key discussions on global challenges – including racism, intolerance, inequality, climate change, poverty, […]