Wanting a better future is a most admirable goal and the work required to achieve it comes from only the most dedicated and passionate. At just 23, Muhammed Choonara is leading the way in this regard. He’s currently volunteering as the head of media, communications and marketing for the South African Muslim Covid-19 Response Task Team for the Johannesburg region, but runs a successful consultancy business when there’s no pandemic to worry about.
He’s had a keen interest in politics, international relations and activism since he was young, and has used those interests to break down boundaries across communities and reduce ethnic and racial divides. In his short but impactful career he has been heavily involved in social endeavours at the University of Pretoria and with the Muslim Students Association. When the pandemic arose and many of us were staying safe, Choonara was on the frontlines to provide aid to those desperately in need. His humanitarian and leadership qualities are ensuring that people are getting the help they need, and he’s inspiring others to do the same through his actions.
Choonara knows exactly what his efforts can achieve. He summarises it as
“the creation of an equitable future for all regardless of race, creed, social standing, educational dispensation, sex or gender”.
Fundamental issues that need to be addressed in his eyes are gender-based violence and the abuse of children, whether physical or emotional, and removing the prejudices and learning that perpetuates these issues. Choonara knows that building strong communities that care for each other means building economic stability first.