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Twin activists prepare for voting for the first time

They've met world leaders and visited Trudeau and Malala, but twins Maryam and Nivaal Rehman are excited for a big first -- voting. Mark McAllister speaks to the UofT students and activists about what the vote means to them. #CityVote2019

Maryam and Nivaal Interview with CBC News on Being First-Time, Undecided Voters

Are you a first-time voter? Are you having trouble deciding how you'll cast your ballot in October? Maryam and Nivaal are first-time voters too. CBC's Heather Hiscox asked them what issues matter to them. #CBCNN

Toronto sisters have made a documentary about girls' education in Pakistan

Twin sisters Maryam and Nivaal Rehman visited family in Pakistan and were inspired by their grandmothers to work on the cause of girls' education and empowerment. They've just completed a documentary film about the lack of girl's access to schooling in Pakistan and on people who are working to improve opportunities.

CBC News Piece on Maryam and Nivaal's Work and Studying at U of T

Maryam and Nivaal speak to CBC News' reporter Lorenda Reddekop on their work as activists, journalists, and starting university at the University of Toronto this coming September. This news piece was shared on CBC news' evening Newscast, the afternoon Radio, as well as on their Facebook LIVE.

The Rehman Twins – Uncut, Unfiltered & Upfront

Usually when one would talk about interviewing UN Leaders, or even a Prime Minister, we’d expect the interview to be conducted by CNN or BBC, or a similar media outlet – but never had we expected two 17-year-old girls to have been at the crux of the action, spearheading the questions and gathering the answers.

Houston International Women’s Day

On March 8 at the Houston Seniors Centre, the eighth annual Houston International Women’s Day Event is being held. With guest speakers, Maryam and Nivaal Rehman. The girls are 17-year-old twins living in Canada, who have been activists ever since they were eight years old. They have worked in their local and global community for causes such as girls’ education in Pakistan and around the world, along with running several clubs in their school including Students Together Against Racism, Model United Nations, Youth In Action and Environmental Club to name a few. 

Maryam and Nivaal

Maryam and Nivaal are 17-year-old twin activists, journalists, and high schoolers. They are making a name for themselves as social justice advocates working with many organizations, most recently the MalalaFund, the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, and Disney’s Dream Big Princess Project as filmmakers. They are also building a youth activism program that aims to inspire and engage youth around the world to join their efforts in making a difference. They have recruited young folks from Mexico, England, Pakistan, India, the US, and more to contribute to their media platform, The World with MNR.

Disney’s Dream Big Princesses Maryam and Nivaal Rehman from Whitby, Ontario

Twin seventeen year olds Maryam and Nivaal Rehman of Whitby, Ontario are living out their commitment to making the world a better place. As long standing members of the United Nations GirlUp initiative, they connect with other girls via YouTube and social media to inspire, discuss and promote their causes including girls’ education and the environment. Maryam and Nivaal have just returned from a trip to Florida to celebrate Disney’s Dream Big Princesses from around the world.  They were given phones and a crew and headed to Ottawa to meet with their Hero and make a film about her. We chatted with the sisters in Toronto.

Double Trouble: Twin Activists Maryam and Nivaal are Changing The World

Standing up for girls’ education, environmental rights and gender equality, Canadian teens prove the power of youth voices. YouTube journalists, WE ambassadors and documentary creators — these are just a few of the many titles shared by twin sisters Maryam and Nivaal. Their resume is impressive, especially when you consider the fact that they are only 15 years-old.

'Our voices are just as important as adults': Young activists rally for change on Day of the Girl

When they were just 8 years old, the Rehman sisters, set out to change the world.

As storytellers, entrepreneurs and the founders of ‘The World with MNR’, the sisters from Whitby, Canada, now 17, are speaking out for the next generation of girls.

“We believe if you put your heart in the right place and you want to make a difference it truly is possible.” Nivaal Rehman said. “Our voices are just as important as adults.”

Our Favorite Looks from International Day of the Girl at the Disney Parks

For International Day of the Girl, Disney fans combined fashion and their love of Disney for some pretty special looks. All across the Disney Parks, fans celebrated the inspirational day with Disney bounds of female Disney characters. Here are some of our favorite looks from the day:

Maryam and Nivaal Rehman invited to meeting on behalf of Malala Fund

DURHAM — Twin teenage activists from Whitby recently had the opportunity to interview world leaders at the G7 finance meeting in Whistler, B.C.

Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, who are in Grade 11 at Sinclair Secondary School, were invited to the meeting on behalf of the Malala Fund.

“We don’t expect these types of opportunities, but when something like this happens, it shows us that our work is having an impact and it means so much to us,” Maryam says.

The Rehmans used the opportunity to ask world finance leaders what their plans are to support girls’ education.

Humans of Blue Dot Part 3: Maryam and Nivaal Rehman

“You can talk about lots of injustices in the world, but ultimately, if we don’t have a clean environment, nothing else matters. We believe that climate change is going to seriously affect our generation. A lot of kids have trouble envisioning future generations, but this isn’t about future generations; it will be within our own lifetimes. We can’t ignore it. If we don’t do something to change things it’ll only get worse." -Maryam and Nivaal Rehman

Young and wise: 10 girls tell us their hopes and fears

We asked 10 girls — ages 9 to 17 — what they want to change about the world.

We partnered with Girl Scouts and Malala Fund to hear about their hopes for the future, and how they plan to help one day.

Maryam and Nivaal, 16-year-old twin activists in Canada, sum it up best: "Our message to everyone reading this, especially women and girls, is that you are capable of achieving any goal you set in your life as long as you believe in yourself."

Pakistani Canadian Teen Activist Twins Advocate for Girls' Education at G7 Summit

Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, 16 year old activist vloggers, joined the Malala Fund at the G7 Summit in Whistler, BC.

The twins interviewed the CEO of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgina, Canada's Finance Minister, Bill Moreau, and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, about their committments to funding girls' education.  

Whitby sisters Maryam and Nivaal Rehman fight for right to healthy environment through national Blue Dot campaign

WHITBY -- Maryam and Nivaal Rehman believe it’s never too early to stand up for issues that could impact your future. The 15-year-old Whitby residents and twin sisters are working hard in support of Blue Dot and the David Suzuki Foundation’s new campaign advocating for the inclusion of the right to a healthy environment in Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights. The Ontario government opened the bill for a 120-day review period on July 14, and is seeking public input on how to improve the legislation. This past weekend, the girls set up a unique photo booth at Whitby’s Harbour Day event to help raise awareness about the cause.

Teen activists Maryam and Nivaal Rehman interview leaders at the G7 Finance and Development Ministers Meeting

Fast-talking 16-year-old twin activists Maryam and Nivaal Rehman joined Malala Fund at the G7 Finance and Development Ministers Meetings yesterday to ask leaders about their plans to make girls’ education a global priority.

Born in Pakistan and raised in Canada from the age of 5, Maryam and Nivaal never faced personal struggles in their own education. They thrive at school — getting top marks, producing and stage managing the spring musical “The Wizard of Oz,” and heading multiple student clubs.

Maryam and Nivaal have the freedom to pursue anything they want. But they know more than 130 million girls around the world who are out of school are unable to do the same. So the twins advocate for girls’ education every chance they get.

Sinclair sisters aiming to change the world

Advocating for women's rights, helping kids across the ocean stay enrolled in school and making their community environment is a better place, are just a few of the challenges two Sinclair SS students have chosen to take on.

Nivaal and Maryam Rehman are among the most impressive social activists you will find anywhere, yet they are only 15-years-old. For these twin sisters, age isn't a factor that should effect the change you can make. They have chosen to take on many challenges, but that's just the way they like it.

Teen Twins Prove Age Isn't a Barrier to Activism

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA EMAIL—Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, 15-year-old Pakistani-born Canadian twins, are your normal teens— with one exception. At the tender age of eight, when many young girls are still playing with dolls, the sisters began a career in global activism for girls’ education. “Our own parents told us to wait until we were older to start working for girls’ education,” the twins wrote in an email interview. “[And] we knew that we would probably have more influence when we were older. But what about the girls [our age]? By the time we finished our own education, they would have missed their chance to get an education.” 

Meet the 15-year-old twin journalists who interviewed Malala and Justin Trudeau

Amid a thunderous applause and bouts of admiration, Malala Yousafzai was recently conferred with an honorary Canadian citizenship. The reasons to celebrate the momentous occasion were many. She delivered a stellar, humour-laden speech with focus on girls' education, poked fun at Justin Trudeau's tattoos, and basically won hearts left, right and center. But there were two other girls in the hall who're as inspirational as Malala herself. Merely 15 years of age, Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, are twin sisters whose Resume at such a young age is probably more illustrious than most adults out there.​

Hello Changemakers! Maryam + Nivaal

We are so excited for you all to meet Maryam and Nivaal, Canadian twins trailblazing to make a difference. At just 8 years old they began organizing in their community to make a difference. Today these 15-year-old sisters host a Vlog - The World with MNR - where they use their YouTube channel to raise awareness about social issues. They recently interviewed Malala Yousafzai and Justin Trudeau about gender equality! Check out our interview and follow their Vlog! They are an inspiration to us all.. way to go girls!

Never Too Young to Make A Difference - A Conversation with The Twin Activists that Interviewed Malala and Justin Trudeau

We’ve all read about how difficult it is for females in particular to get an education in developing countries and we’ve even seen examples such as the story of Malala who was shot just for attempting to get an education, but what have we done to help?  This is a question that Maryam and Nivaal Rehman had the opportunity to answer on a talk Saturday afternoon with the GirlzFTW group.  It’s easy to feel intimidated by these two sixteen-year-old girls who have done more for the world at 16 than many people do in their whole lives.  However, once you meet them you feel anything but intimidated. Inspired, empowered, encouraged, and ready to take on the world are just a few emotions that come to mind. 

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