Despite financial constraints and relatives’ efforts to force Areebah into an early marriage, her mother made sure she completed her education. Inspired by that example, Areebah has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of others. As an education activist, content developer and broadcaster, she has written extensively on gender-based violence, children’s rights and sexual and reproductive health. Now the executive director of Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA), Areebah leads the organisation’s work helping young people in Pakistan create positive change in their communities.
With her Malala Fund grant, Areebah runs a youth-led advocacy campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to get public support for the government to allocate more resources to girls’ education. Areebah and PYCA also meet with leaders to discuss implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which provides for 10 years of free education for every child, expanding the RTE Act to 12 years and increasing the budget for girls’ education.