The prize money for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2010 was allocated toward two different projects. The first project is aimed at improving the living conditions of the community where Francia lives.
Francia Simon from the Dominican Republic won, at the age of 16, the International Children’s Peace Prize. The prize was presented to her by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum from Guatemala. Francia campaigns for the right of children to name and nationality – both for children born in the Dominican Republic as for refugee children from Haiti. It is only after official registration that children can gain access to essential rights such as health care and education.
Advocacy director of the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, New York, the United States