Malala wins International Children’s Peace Prize 2013
KidsRights commends her fight for right to education for girls worldwide
Amsterdam, August 27, 2013
– On Friday September 6, the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013 will be presented in The Hague to Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old girl from Pakistan, who has risked her life in the fight for access to education for girls all over the world. By awarding the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013, the Dutch children’s rights organization KidsRights shines the spotlight on a brave and talented child who has demonstrated special dedication to children’s rights. Malala will be presented with the prize by human rights activist Tawakkol Karman from Yemen; the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011.
As an 11-year-old girl, Malala became widely known by stepping forward and writing a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC. She wrote every day about her passion for school and the oppression of the Taliban in Pakistan. In doing so, she focused on the ban in her region on girls going to school. Malala told the world about how it felt to sit at home not having a school to go to. In 2012, she had to pay for her bravery with a targeted attempt on her life by the Taliban. Malala was severely wounded and had to flee to England, where she now lives and goes to school. With her words and strong communication skills, she positively raises awareness to the fact that all children have the right to education in a safe environment.
A child can set the world in motion
“The winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize have proven that any child is able to change and to move the world. Each one of them has successfully fought to solve problems such as child slavery, poverty and the lack of access to education and healthcare,” explains Marc Dullaert, chairman and founder of the Dutch KidsRights Foundation. Every year, the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize is selected by an independent Expert Committee from nominations from all over the world. Malala was already one of the nominees in 2011, but this year the Expert Committee unanimously decided not to nominate other children, but to award the International Children’s Peace Prize to Malala.
Prize presented by Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman
On Friday September 6 2013, the Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkol Karman will present the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize on behalf of KidsRights to the 16-year-old Malala in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. Tawakkol Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 at the age of 32, making her the youngest winner ever. Guests of honor attending Malala’s award ceremony will include Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Martin van Rijn (State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport), Wietze Reehoorn (member of the Managing Board, ABN AMRO) and the 2011 International Children’s Peace Prize winner Chaeli Mycroft. The winner will be presented with the special ‘Nkosi’ statuette, which shows how a child sets the world in motion. She will also receive financial support for her education and a worldwide platform for spreading her message and focusing attention on her efforts to provide all girls with access to education. The International Children’s Peace Prize is accompanied by an award of € 100.000 which is invested in the projects connected with the children’s rights theme to which the winner is dedicated. This year, the fund is made available for projects that aim to improve access to education for girls in Pakistan. The project fund is made available through the AkzoNobel Children’s Peace Fund.
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About the International Children’s Peace Prize
The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the Dutch KidsRights Foundation and is awarded annually to a child, anywhere in the world, for his or her dedication to children’s rights. The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented every year by a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Each year the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize is selected from nominations from all over the world. An independent Expert Committee assesses the candidates and selects the winner. The International Children’s Peace Prize is accompanied by an award of €100.000 which is invested by KidsRights in projects that are closely connected to the winners’ area of work. The project fund is made available through the AkzoNobel Children’s Peace Fund. The winner receives the statuette ‘Nkosi’, financial support for his or her education and a world-wide platform to promote his or her ideals and causes to the benefit of children’s rights.
About the KidsRights Foundation
Every child has talents. Every child has dreams. KidsRights, based in the Netherlands, believes in a world where all children have access to their rights and are enabled to realise the great potential they have within them. KidsRights promotes the wellbeing of very vulnerable children across the world and advocates the realisation of their rights. KidsRights sees children as changemakers in this process. As Nobel Peace Prize winner and patron of KidsRights, Desmond Tutu says: “KidsRights seeks to give a voice to the voiceless”.
About ABN AMRO
ABN AMRO believes it is important that every child receives the opportunity to develop his or her talents. As the main sponsor of the International Children’s Peace Prize, ABN AMRO thus supports the importance of children’s rights. Besides giving a financial contribution, ABN AMRO also expresses its support by actively involving its employees in the prize. In recent years, hundreds of employees have volunteered their help with projects organized and supported by KidsRights.
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