Zulaikha Patel made headlines in 2016 after she stood up against her school’s system, which banned girls of colour from sporting their natural hair. The protest was heavily published and made headline across the globe, with an artist painting a 3,65m mural of the teen in New York. Recently her activism was shared on social media again when a tweep posted about the incident on Twitter.
So, in honor of the brave then 13-year-old Patel, Briefly.co.za took a look at what she has been up to since stand against the school’s rules. According to an article by W24, the now 16-year-old has continued to fight for the rights of women. The anti-ra*ism and anti-s*xism activist now acts as a guest speaker at schools to talk about identities within SA schools.
Patel, who has a black mother and Indian father, has also joined forces with the local Kidz of Biko organization, where she aims to empower the African youth. She said they wanted “to give them a platform to tackle topics such as politics, ra*ism and s*xism, teach them African history and celebrate African leaders.”