Sunday, April 15, 2007

Girls' Rights Activist Wins Prize

I had no idea the World's Children Prize for the Rights of the Child existed until today. I am thrilled to see children around the world take a stand for girls' rights. Even more impressive-- check out the information on the children who make up the jury.

5,2 million children all over the world voted for the World's Children Prize for the Rights of the Child and have selected girls’ rights activist Betty Makoni from Zimbabwe as the recipient. In addition, a jury of children from 15 countries, some of whom are refugees, former child soldiers or slaves, also chose Betty Makoni as the recipient.

Betty Makoni was nominated for the 2007 WCPRC for her long struggle for girls in Zimbabwe to be freed from abuse and to have the same opportunities in life as boys. Through the Girl Child Network, Betty has built three safe villages for girls and started 500 girls’ clubs with 30,000 members, mostly in rural areas and in poor townships. The mission statement of the GCN reads, "We envision a society where girls enjoy their political, social and economic rights and walk in the fullness of their potential."

Find out what boys have to say about girls' rights here,

Find out more about the Girl Child Network here

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