Miss Payal Jangid, a sixteen year old from India yesterday honored for her commitment towards advocating for education and abolition of child marriage after refusing to marry at the age of twelveyears old.
Jangid presented with the Change Maker award by the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs Amina Mohammed at the 2019 Global Goals Award organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York.
The Newsmen report twenty eight years old, Miss Aya Chebbi from Tunisia also received the Campaign Award for her work on youth empowerment throughout Africa.
Mr Gregory Rockson, the founder of m Pharma, who is from Ghana, received the Progress Award for his work in providing primary healthcare services across Africa.
The Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi received the Global Goalkeepers Award, which recognized the progress India had made in providing safe sanitation to over fifty million people through the Swatch Bharat Mission.
Jangid spoke about her commitment while receiving the award to ensure that girls were treated properly and equal to men and also that it was important for girls to receive proper education.
Jangid added that every kid in the world without education to be given a chance to progress in the society especially girls who are more likely to drop out because of gender bias or poverty.
The Co-founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates charged world leaders to take a cue from the Indian government and priories the SDG Goal six, which deals with water and sanitation.
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs Amina Mohammed said that courage is what it would take to address global inequality and achieve the SDGs by year 2030.
Amina also said that it will take courage to achieve the SDGs Courage to stand up for human rights and to stand against those who oppose gender equality.