“Meet 13-year-old Zulaikha Patel, one of the students who helped lead a protest against the discriminatory hair policy at Pretoria Girls High School (a formerly white-only institution in South Africa).
During the school’s weekend fair on Saturday, Zulaikha and her fellow classmates staged a silent protest against their school’s hair policy, which targets and restricts how Black girls wear their hair to school. On top of being disciplined for wearing her natural hair, Zulaikha has had to move schools three times because her hair did not comply with the code of conduct. Furthermore, Pretoria teachers also prohibit students from speaking their own local African languages in the classroom.
For Zulaikha this is about: “Fighting for every Black child in this country, because it’s time for our endless cries to be heard.”
To all of the girls at Pretoria High, we celebrate your authenticity and salute you all for having the courage to take a stand.”
As seen on the Because of Them We Can by Eunique Jones Facebook page