Asian Activist won World's Children Price for the Rights of the Child Duang Prateep Foundation Monthly News for May 2004 Contact details Address: Lock 6, Art Narong Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Telephone: (66 2) 671 4045, 249 4880, 249 3553. Fax: (66 2) 249 5254 Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> News from the Duang Prateep Foundation Prateep honoured by the World's children Last month Duang Prateep Foundation Secretary General Prateep Ungsongtham Hata was chosen by children from around the world as the winner of the Global Friends' Award and the World's Children's Prize. The two awards are administered by the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, an organisation set up by a coalition of Swedish child rights organisations. Many months ago the adult organisers nominated Prateep as one of three finalists along with child rights activists from India and the USA. The actual awards are decided by children aged under eighteen. The Global Friend's Award is decided by a worldwide vote of children. This year more than 2.5 million children from 52 countries took part in the vote, with over 1.3 million children choosing Prateep as recipient of the award. The recipient of the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child is chosen from the three finalists by a jury of thirteen children from around the world. The jury are representatives of many of the problems which affect children around the world. They included a former child soldier, a former sex slave, a child worker, a child Aids victim, a representative of an indigenous minority, representatives of children living in zones of conflict, a child affected by environmental problems, and children campaigning for child rights. The thirteen members of the jury gave ten votes to Prateep to make her the winner of their prize. The child jury did not know the result of the global vote when making their decision. The awards were presented by Queen Silvia of Sweden on behalf of the world's children at a ceremony at Gripsholm Castle at Mariefred near Stockholm in Sweden on April the sixteenth. Queen Silvia is an honorary adult friend of World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child. Other honorary adult friends include Nelson Mandela and Xanana Gusmao of East Timor. Prateep has announced that the 1.6 million baht prize money she won will not be going to the Duang Prateep Foundation. Prateep will launch a new foundation to work on child right's issues in Asia. On arriving in Bangkok Prateep said "This is the most exciting time in my life, because on this occasion we know that children from all over the world have participated in the global vote and learnt about children's rights. I will use the awards to strengthen children's rights in Thailand and neighbouring countries. The awards have given me more confidence and energy to work harder for children's rights." ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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