Queen Elizabeth commends Young Leaders Award recipient Safaath for her work

Safaath Ahmed Zahir meeting with the Queen | photo: The Royal Family

Malé, Maldives – A young Maldivian activist Safaath Ahmed Zahir on Sunday, has discussed her progress in working to aid women who are suffering from mentsl problems specially due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the Commonwealth celebrated The Queen’s 90th birthday, Safaath Ahmed Zahir from Maldives was recognised as the 2016 winner of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community.


represented Maldives as she joined winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for a five day period of high-level engagements, all dedicated to helping them further improve and develop their life-changing work.

Youth activists from countries were invited to meet the Queen through an online meeting. Safaath was chosen to represent Maldives in the meeting. Along with this, young activists from England, Caribbean and Africa took part in the meeting.

Safaath at the meeting held last Monday, discussed her progress with the work she has been doing with the grant from Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Safaath said that they have successfully helped over 130 women who were suffering from abuse and violence, providing safety and help for them.

Following the speech, the Queen said that it is very interesting to hear about and that it has obviously been successful. Safaath added that there’s still a long way to go.

Following his meeting with Safaath, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives James Dauris previously said that the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme recognises the achievements of exceptional young people who work tirelessly for the betterment of their communities. He added that Safaath’s efforts to empower and secure recognition of the importance of women in the workforce is a great example for other aspiring young people, and is one that should encourage them to push for change with confidence.