2008 International Children's Peace Prize ceremony

International Children's Peace Prize


"Everybody has a part to play in improving human rights, especially the rights of children."

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Mayra Avellar Neves (17)


Mayra Avellar Neves (Brazil)


Lovetta (Liberia), Baruani and Meshack (Congo), Rishika (India)

Nobel Peace Laureate

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Who were there

At the International Children's Peace Prize 2008, the following speakers were present:

  • Maxime Verhagen – Minister of Foreign Affairs, host on behalf of the Dutch government
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Nobel Peace Laureate 1984, South Africa
  • Prof. Nevena Vukovic-Sahovic – member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and Board member of the Children’s Peace Prize committee
  • Jan Peter Schmittmann – Member of the Managing Board of ABN AMRO and CEO of the ABN AMRO the Netherlands
  • Thandiwe Chama – Children’s Peace Prize Laureate 2007, Zambia
  • Brazilian music for musical intermezzo

Lifestory Mayra 


LovettaLovetta - Liberia

Lovetta (15 years old) is devoted to improving the living conditions of child-asylum seekers and former child-asylum seekers who are victims of the civil war in Liberia.


Meshack-BaruaniMeshack & Baruani - Congo 

Meshack (18 years old) and Baruani (15 years old) who are both refugees from Congo, living in a refugee camp in Tanzania. They are devoted to the rights of child-asylum seekers who are victims of the civil war in the Congo. 


RishikaRishika - India

Rishika (18 years old) is devoted to the rights of underprivileged children, victims of child labour and child prostitution. 


In 2008, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu presented Mayra Avellar Neves, at the age of 17, the Children’s Peace Prize, for her ongoing fight against the violence in the favelas (slums) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and her own favela, Vila Cruzeiro, in particular.



The 2008 project fund supported two projects: one for youngsters in the favela’s (slums) and one against social exclusion of children. ‘Favela Forca on tour’ informs and educates children and young people about their rights by means of theatre. The project ’Vila Cruzeiro On-Line’ provides children from the slum the opportunity to increase their knowledge of technology and gives them the opportunity to use new communication tools.