Cecilia Flores-Oebanda: The child rights hero for millions of children

On Tuesday, at hundreds of World’s Children’s Press Conferences all over the world, children revealed who 3.2 million children have chosen in a Global Vote to be their child rights hero:

“Our child rights hero, and the recipient of the 2011 World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, is Murhabazi Namegabe, from D.R. Congo for his dangerous struggle to free children forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves. Murhabazi’s life is constantly threatened because of his work for children.”

The World’s Children’s Honorary Award goes to Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, from the Philippines, for her tireless struggle, despite constant death threats, against child labour and trafficking, as well as her support to girls who have been sex slaves and, Monira Rahman, from Bangladesh, for her fearless struggle for those – mainly girls – who have been victims of acid attacks or petrol attacks and whose appearances have been destroyed.


The Prize Laureates presented in more detail in the attached document and at worldschildrensprize.org.

The World’s Children’s Prize
The World’s Children’s Prize is a unique educational programme for children, promoting a more humane world. 53,800 schools with 24.5 million pupils in 102 countries are involved. Every year millions of children learn about the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship through the programme. Many have had their own rights violated. They gain faith in the future and a chance to demand respect for their rights. In the Global Vote, the children decide who receives their prestigious award for their work for the rights of the child. The candidates for the Prize are chosen by a child jury who are experts in the rights of the child through their own experience – as child soldiers, debt slaves, homeless children, child rights advocates and more. The Prize Laureates become role models for millions of children. The prize money, USD 100,000 this year, is used to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children to a better life. The patrons of the World’s Children’s Prize include Nelson Mandela, H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and Graça Machel.


The World’s Children’s Prize, founded in Sweden in 2000, is run annually in collaboration with tens of thousands of teachers and hundreds of organisations all over the world, and with support from sources including Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), Swedish Post Code Lottery, Save the Children Sweden, Hugo Stenbeck Foundation and Survé Family Foundation.


The World’s Children’s Prize in The Philippines

Since the inauguration of the World’s Children’s Prize in 2000,  100,000 children in The Philippines have participated in the program and many schools have registered as Global Friend schools supporting the World’s Children’s Prize.


The Award Ceremony takes place at Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred, Sweden at 2pm on 28 April. Children from

15 countries and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden will pay tribute to the Prize Laureates. Please register media attendance in advance.


Information and high-res pictures can be found at www.worldschildensprize.org.

Con Yap