Maldives National University (MNU's) lecturer Leela Ahmed has published a children’s book to raise awareness for child harassment.
A teacher for over 24 years, Leela penned her book titled “Noon, Beynumeh Noon” [which loosely translates to; saying no / denying consent], with illustrations from brother and movie script writer Mahudhee Ahmed. The 20-page book currently retails at a price of MVR100.
The book contains short writings along with illustrations on every page. The purpose of the book is to teach children to deny consent towards actions of harassment. The book also explains the differences between sexual contact and everyday interactions, guiding children on how to disclose any acts of abuse they may experience, to their parents/guardians.
Over six months of research was conducted to complete the book, which Leela intends for use to promote awareness of abuse among children.
In addition to this publication, Leela is also working on other similar products aimed for children. Their recent production named “Foiy Alamaari”, is a radio show hosted by her mother Najma Hussain on the radio broadcaster “Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu”.