The five young women nominated for the prize come from all over the world and advocate issues related to the environment, end of child marriage, LGBTQ + rights, mental health, children's rights and education.
MTV EMA Generation Change Award is the new category created by the channel for the Europe Music Awards, which take place this year in Bilbao, Spain. The new award aims to honor and encourage "fearless young people who struggle every day to change the world in different parts of the globe".
"The nominees belong to a generation of young people who see in music, storytelling and in digital media the right way to deal with the most serious social problems. MTV International will highlight the powerful stories on all its social and digital platforms, in order to reach and sensitize 180 countries, "the channel explains.
THE YOUNG MEN NAMED
Report abuse Share Your ad here? Sonita Alizadeh – 21 years, Afghanistan
"Sonita combines the powerful voice with music lyrics that seek to combat child marriage, support the rights of girls so they can choose their destiny, and inspire everyone to dream higher."
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Mohamad Aljounde built a school in a refugee camp in Lebanon to provide children with access to education storytelling to draw attention to the reality of those children.
Ellen Jones – 20 years, United Kingdom
According to MTV, Ellen Jones is an activist creator of content focused on LGBT + rights, mental health, disability rights and feminist issues, which resorts to digital means to make a difference.
Xiuhtezcatl "X" Martinez – 18 years old, USA
Xiuhtezcatl is an activist and alert to climate problems. "Hip-hop artist with a powerful voice that is also heard at the forefront of a global youth-led environmental movement," the channel said in a statement.
Hauwa Ojeifo – 26 years, Nigeria
"A courageous changemaker who fights for change, having founded a movement of love, hope and support, capable of supporting and giving voice to the subject of mental health in Nigeria," MTV explains.