2018 International Peace Prize Nominees Include Two Pakistani Children
2018 International Peace Prize Nominees Include Two Pakistani Children: On November 20 KidsRights will award the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. This prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. The nominees of 2018 demonstrate that children are change-makers.
Haris & Heera got nominated due to their efforts and contribution for refugee children and child rights. Below are the details:
Nominated by Hope Worldwide – Pakistan
Issues: Refugee Children Education
Vision: Children should be loved and cared for with proper food and quality of life. Children are the future of the nation and the nation should take their responsibility to look after children without any discrimination of race, gender, color, religion and ethnicity.
Haris’s story: Haris, 14, from Pakistan, lives with his family in New Zealand. He has personally experienced discrimination and it motivated him to fight for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Pakistan and Thailand. Together with his father and the HOPE WORLDWIDE team, Haris collected 300 signatures for the Say No to Child Detention and End Persecution of Refugees campaigns, raising awareness about children’s rights in the local community.
Haris has always believed strongly in equal opportunities for every child. He has taken part in fundraising activities to provide food for children detained in a Thai immigration detention centre, and to pay the fines of young asylum seekers arrested by the Thai authorities. He has collected donations and books for refugee children unable to go to school, and helps them through social media. In the future Haris would like to provide shelter and a good quality of life for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees stranded in Thailand.
Nominated by Child Rights Committee
Issue: Child Participation
Vision: A world where every child has food, health, education, a peaceful environment and equal rights to live.
Heera’s Story: Heera, 15, lives in Pakistan. Inspired by her parents’ passion for children’s rights, she is actively involved in activities led by the Child Rights Committee (CRC), and dedicates her time to raising awareness and promoting positive, constructive change, especially for vulnerable children in her area. In 2010, she campaigned against corporal punishment in girls’ primary schools and is currently working with the CRC to help female orphans in her district. In 2014 she received an award from the Social Development Society. Heera is a spokesperson for the Children’s Parliament of the CRC – frequently speaking to the public about the issues that children face locally, nationally and internationally. After terrorist attacks at a school in Peshawar, she conveyed a special message of peace through song, with the help of her peers. In the future, Heera hopes to play a leading role in defense of children’s rights.
International Children’s Peace Prize
The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who have shown a remarkable commitment to combating problems millions of children face worldwide.
The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the Capitol in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented every year by a Nobel Peace Laureate. The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the KidsRights Foundation.
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