First Lady Fazna Ahmed inaugurates “Resilient and Relentless: Her Story” Exhibition by ARC & UNICEF, to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child


First Lady H.E. Fazna Ahmed inaugurated the “Resilient and Relentless: Her Story” Exhibition by ARC and UNICEF, to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child, at Baa Atoll Goidhoo School.

Speaking at the event, First Lady highlighted that all girls should be allowed to make their own choices while growing up, and encouraged them to choose their careers based on their own free will and to do so with passion. At the event, the First Lady also launched a child-friendly awareness video clip of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
The Exhibition features stories of outstanding efforts by 17 girls who are making a difference in their communities or the nation, with the aim to inspire girls across the country. ARC received over 30 submissions from different atolls which were evaluated by an independent panel of judges, comprising of representatives from ARC, Ministry of Education, UNICEF, and Girl Guide’s Association.

The stories featured include:
Al Haafiza Urujuwaan Mohamed (12 years) – Memorizing the entire Holy Quran at age 11
• Fathimath Dheema Ali (12 years) – Won the 1st gold medal for Maldives in Table Tennis and Maldives’ no. 1 ranked player at age 11
• Mariyam Malaika Madhih (10 years) – Sports enthusiast who does not let her genetic neurodegenerative disorder hold her back
• Aishath Ruya (11 years) – Winner of Nature Club’s Recycling Programme, collecting over 20,000 plastic bottles
• Aishath Himna Hassan (17 years) – Star athlete, national record-holder
• Mariyam Eeshal Yameen (10 years) – Stopped single-use plastic and works to reduce plastic pollution
• Zaya Ahmed Zubair (14 years) – Memorizing 7 books of the Holy Quran and performing piano recitals whilst being visually impaired
• Hamna Ahmed (16 years) – Member of the Maldives National Swim Team, Junior Best Swimmer for 3 consecutive years and a dedicated volunteer
• Shaina Mohamed Shainee (15 years) – Community service leader and young volunteer with a caring heart
• Imani Moosa Kaleem (9 years) – Junior tennis champion
• Fathimath Neeshan Fathuhulla (17 years) – Breaking gender stereotypes in the field of building maintenance, construction and surveying
• Aisha Noya Abdulla Ibrahim (8 years) – Swam in the open ocean from one island to another at 7 years of age
• Aishath Rafa Nazim (16 years) – Table-tennis gold-medal winner for Maldives and best all-around student at Iskandhar School, 2019
• Rafha Sameer (15 years) – Volleyball star who received special recognition at Colours Awards
• Aminath Saina Mohamed Rasheed (17 years) – Grand Winner of TVM Inter-School Singing Competition and 1st Runner Up of Maldivian Idol Season 3
• Aishath Tara (14 years) – Rising tennis star and champion
• Zaha Niyaz (16 years) – Volleyball player winning gold medals for her school and island

ARC expresses sincere appreciation to UNICEF Maldives, Think Associates, Print Lab, Baa Atoll Goidhoo School, Batti Nishan, Masrah Ali and Aishath Shifa Shafeeq for their partnership and support in facilitating the Exhibition.