Divina (Cameroon), Muzoon (Syria)
Prof. Muhammad Yunus
At the International Children's Peace Prize 2016, the following speakers were present:
Divina lives in Cameroon. After learning about extremist violence and its impact on children, she started a program called ‘I am standing up for peace’. Through the program Divina stimulates the civic and voluntary engagement of children in the fight against violent extremism. She interviewed children about the dangers of violent extremism and she organized group discussions with children and young people on beliefs and extremist attitudes. Based on her engagement with these children, Divina developed the program, which now operates in all ten regions of the country and has reached nearly 5,000 children through awareness raising campaigns and workshops in kindergartens, elementary and high schools.
Muzoon comes from Syria, but she and her family were forced to flee their country due to the war. They found shelter in a refugee camp in Jordan. In these difficult circumstances, Muzoon embarked on a campaign to ensure that every Syrian refugee girl had access to a good education. She convinced countless parents to send their children to school, rather than marry them off at an early age. Early marriage is a particular problem in refugee camps, where parents see it as the only way to protect their daughters. Muzoon went from tent to tent in the refugee camp and talked to children and their parents. She persuaded many children who had given up on school to return. Her campaign garnered global media coverage and high praise from refugees, international decision makers and journalists.
Kehkashan Basu from the United Arab Emirates won the International Children's Peace Prize in 2016. The prize was presented to her by Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus. At the age of 16, Kehkashan won the prize for her courageous fight against environmental degredation and climate justice.
The International Children’s Peace Prize is accompanied by an Project Fund of €100,000. Each year this fund is invested by KidsRights in projects that are closely connected to the winner's area of work in the country of the winner.