Abraham M. Keita (Liberia)
Aziza (Afghanistan), Jeanesha (Puerto Rico)
Ms. Leymah Gbowee
At the International Children's Peace Prize 2015, the following speakers were present:
Aziza lives with her family in a refugee camp in Afghanistan. She stands up for children living in appalling conditions in Afghan refugee camps and has encouraged hundreds of children to talk about their problems and claim their rights. In her own calm and convincing way she is able to build a bridge between a conservative society and a society which allows more progressive and effective approaches to girls’ and children’s rights. She organizes activities for children to discuss and document their problems, raises awareness and engages with parliament members and other opinion makers. Aziza was nominated by Mobile Mini Circus for Children
Jeanesha from Puerto Rico has become a fervent activist against human trafficking. Her ultimate goal is to eradicate modern-day slavery, a crime against humanity to which many people who are trafficked fall victim. When she was only 14 years old, she started an initiative against human trafficking consisting of workshops and awareness-raising activities for youths and children to prevent them from being trafficked. Her message and advocacy have turned Jeanesha into an example for those dedicated to combating the human trafficking of children and youths. Jeanesha continues to speak out and expand her activities to reach more children.
Abraham M. Keita from Liberia won the International Children's Peace Prize in 2015. The prize was presented to him by Nobel Peace Laureate Ms. Leymah Gbowee. At the age of 17, Keita won the prize for his courageous fight for justice for children who have become victims of violence.
The International Children’s Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to Abraham M. Keita who fights for justice for child victims of violence. The International Children’s Peace Prize Project Fund 2015 will therefore invest in projects contributing to the reduction of violence against children in Liberia.
In Liberia children are confronted with violence on a daily basis. Sexual violence against girls is the most common form of violence in the country. There is almost no justice for children who have become victims, as they have limited access to the justice system. Liberia has a national Children’s Law to protect children, but falls short on the implementation of this legislation. Furthermore, research from KidsRights shows that awareness on children’s rights is deficient among the people of Liberia.
KidsRights selected four projects for the International Children’s Peace Prize Project Fund 2015. Together they work to reduce violence against children in Liberia.
KidsRights will raise awareness on children’s rights and in particular violence against children, via social media. Together with local organization YOCEL, we will train twenty children on ICT and social media, leadership and campaigning, in order to start their own campaigns on violence against children. This way children will teach and inform other children and expand the circle of awareness across the country.
In cooperation with local organization SEARCH, KidsRights is committed to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation of children and youth at schools and in communities. 500 children, key individuals and institutes such as the police, schools, parents and the child protection services will receive training on the prevention of sexual violence.
Together with local organization ANPPCAN KidsRights will improve the implementation of the national Children’s Law of Liberia and increase access to justice for children. We will build two Child Help Desks in Liberia which children can contact to report cases of violence. The Child Help Desks receive and identify cases of violence against children, and will make sure that these will be treated in accordance with the national Children’s Law.
In cooperation with local organization DCI-Liberia KidsRights will strengthen the justice system in Liberia for child victims of violence. Duty bearers within the justice system will receive training to fortify their roles for providing justice for children who have become victims of violence. Furthermore, children who want to report violent crimes will receive guidance within the justice system.