Maryam and Nivaal
“Our proudest accomplishment is finally getting the girls in our village [in Pakistan] to go to high school in 2015 after working with them over the course of 5 years. This was the first time we set out to make a difference, and whatever small impact we may have had on their decision, we felt like we accomplished that, making that very special to us.”
Maryam and Nivaal are 17-year-old twin activists, journalists, and high schoolers. They are making a name for themselves as social justice advocates working with many organizations, most recently the MalalaFund, the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, and Disney’s Dream Big Princess Project as filmmakers. They are also building a youth activism program that aims to inspire and engage youth around the world to join their efforts in making a difference. They have recruited young folks from Mexico, England, Pakistan, India, the US, and more to contribute to their media platform, The World with MNR. The one thing they know for sure is that “it will take a lot of hard work to create a world in which all girls have access to education and the environment is sustainable, but we won’t stop until we have achieved these goals of ours for the world.” Their favourite quality about themselves is that they are both so passionate and dedicated. Maryam and Nivaal told me what’s most important to them is “our parents, they are our heroes and role models. Their perseverance, their experience and their lifestyle are so inspiring for both of us. Also, they have done so much for us and without their support we would not be able to achieve what we have in our lives.” They told me they would like to be perceived as “girls with a passion to make a difference in the world and who will stop at nothing to stand up for the causes they care about.”
What is your favourite hobby or pastime?
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
“Our teachers used to make us switch classes when we were younger to pull pranks on each other!”