Shazana - The young activist
Shazana Shariff is a 12 year old social activist who stands up to her cause ‘Save the Farmers’ and she is a Guinness book of world records and Asian book of world record holder. She is also a panelist at UNICEF.
Farmers are important to every nation and every community and many farmers are not thriving because of poverty and they are not able to take care of their and their family’s needs.
Her journey started when she was 8 years old. She came to know about farmers committing suicide because of poverty and their inability to support their families. After this, she became a part of the ‘Be the change movement’ and ‘Save the Farmers’ is her cause.
While she was on a school field trip to the village of Pulipakkam located in Tamilnadu, she came across a woman and she was a widow of 3 children. She was poor and she didn’t have the money to cultivate her own one acre of land. Shazana adopted the woman and she took care of her expenditures for agriculture and Shazana says “Save the Farmers has been part of my life ever since”.
To educate and inspire others, and to share her journey, she made a comic series called ‘Little Shazu’s Farm Tales’
Shazana has spoken on many forums and talk shows. Some are ‘The art of Parenting’ and an international show held in Singapore called ‘The world of Kids’ where she talked about the difficulties and the situation of the Indian farmers and received the Master Confident Award. She has received many other awards for her achievements.
She received the Young Achiever award from Makkal Meedhi Mayam by Mr. Kamal Hassan on Women’s day for PENN SAKTI, 2021. She received the Mahatma Gandhi Moral award from her school, Chettinad Vidyashram.
She also received the Super Achiever award for being a Change Agent from Be the Change Organisation.
She was interviewed by Brain Feed Magazine for her Save the Farmer Cause. She was the youngest Chief Guest at the annual day of PGS Institution, Coimbatore 2019. She was featured in Deccan Chronicle newspaper for being a little Eco Warrior.
For the world to thrive, we need more people like Shazana in our world to make an impact and make a change.