In Pakistan, young girls face discrimination due to their colour of skin, and so many of these girls are minorities. Their skin colour is not just a hindrance to the job market, but often attracts rude or derogatory comments on both appearance and ethnicity. In this Christmas season, we met with many young girls who were Christians living in Karachi who had darker skin tones and their experiences were layered with ethnicity, religion in addition to colour. Thanks to your donations - and please do spread the word and keep it coming - we are now working on campaign to address their particular needs and struggles and help their voices to be heard. Mainstream Pakistani society needs awareness on these issues and thanks to you, we are striving to make it possible.
Angie, 15, is a young Christian girl who was promised in marriage at age 14. Her forced marriage and early pregnancy was struggle enough but when her elderly husband started to beat her, she ran away. Trying to get a job was a struggle, and the colourism against her skin, didn't help. She darker hues added another layer to the discrimination she faced when sharing her story. She wants simply to be judged for who she is, her capabilities and her dreams, and not her skin colour.
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