Sonita Alizadeh Quotes

  1. I like Eminem’s style, and Missy Elliott. I really like M.I.A.
  2. It was too hard to understand marrying someone I didn’t know. When you don’t like someone, if he touches you, it’s harder than anything.
  3. When I’m rapping, I become very emotional, and people can feel it through my face.
  4. Being a rapper as a woman is not a good thing in Afghanistan. I kind of put my life in danger whenever I go somewhere to talk about women’s rights or make music, rap, or have interviews.
  5. The biggest change of my life was coming to America.
  6. When my mother told me they have to sell me, I couldn’t breathe; I couldn’t speak.
  7. Every song is a long process. First I have to write a story for it, and then to make it into a song, I have to make it short and then shorter – so it’s not easy!
  8. I want to study law, become a lawyer, and work in Afghanistan for human rights.
  9. I saw my friends being beaten because they said no to child marriage.
  10. It means so much to me that my family went against our tradition for me.
  11. I don’t like high heels.
  12. Music reaches people in a way that simple spoken words just can’t.
  13. My platform for activism is my music, and the issue I am working to address is child marriage. Everyone can find an issue that they care about and their own authentic way of expressing and sharing their message and working for change. When you speak authentically about something that matters to you, your voice has even more power.
  14. There is a lot of suffering and injustice in the world, and there is also a great deal of hope. When you step forward and start speaking about what you see and what you want to change, you can begin living in that hope instead of despair.
  15. In order to see truly where I am and where I want to go, I need to remember where I once was.
  16. I don’t want to be a musician forever. I want to keep going to school and become a lawyer for women’s rights and also use the law to help women.
  17. I am an activist and rapper from Afghanistan, and I use rap to speak out and help end child marriage.
  18. When the Taliban was ruling Afghanistan, women were not allowed to go to school, to work, or even leave the house without a male chaperone. The greatest moment was when that ended.
  19. When I was being sold into marriage, it was hard to see a future for myself.
  20. My friends, they get married at 15 years old. I saw them with bruises on their faces. I realized this is the real face of child marriage.
  21. My dream has always been to inspire young girls to see their own power and follow big dreams and realize that they have potential.
  22. When my father died, I was nine or 10, and my mother was like a dad and a mom to me. She raised me and supported me when I came to the U.S.
  23. When I was a little girl, I did not listen to music much. I did not think that one day I would become a rapper. I was born in a very traditional and religious family. Being a female was destroying my dreams. Slowly, first through poetry and then music, I began to find ways to share my thoughts and feelings, talk to my family and to the world.
  24. There is a great power in speaking your truth and standing for something important.
  25. A good girl in Afghanistan should be silent, should not talk about her future, should listen to your family, be like a doll so that everyone can play with her.
  26. My parents tried to sell me. I was looking for a way to share my feelings, so I started to rap to talk about the painful experience of being a girl.
  27. Sometimes I think the most difficult moments in life were actually good because they made me strong. I was a child labourer. From this, I learned to stand on my own feet. So I don’t want to forget the difficulty of my life.
  28. I want to go back to my country to help other girls. We need to support girls to see other possibilities for themselves, to have a vision for their own future.
  29. There was no giving up. Trying and trying. That’s what I’m all about.

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