Every year, KidsRights awards a child who fights for children’s rights with the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize (ICPP). Winning this prize offers the winner a global platform to promote their work. The International Children’s Peace Prize winner of 2022 is the Japanese 17-year-old Rena Kawasaki, awarded by the Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman. Rena’s work is strongly focused on increasing child participation in politics, society and the environment, and it made her the leading youth advocate in Japan.  

Since winning the prize, Rena’s message has reached 2.2 billion people worldwide and has given the push to put youth participation high in the Japanese political agenda! 

The 18th annual ICPP ceremony was celebrated in The Hague, the Netherlands on the 14th of November 2022. During the celebration inspiring remarks were given, including those from Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands, Marc Dullaert, our founder and chairman, and Chaeli Mycroft and Nav Agarwal, previous ICPP winners of 2011 and 2021. 

Here you can find some highlights of the ceremony, captured by the photographer Jerry Lampen.  

The nominations for the International Children’s Peace Prize are open until March 1, 2023. If you want to help us find this year’s winner, you can nominate someone from here!