Dubai: A 16-year-old Indian girl in the UAE is among three finalists chosen for this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize for her unique role in improving the rights and position of children.
From a record number of 120 international entries, the expert committee chose Kehkashan Basu from the UAE, Divina Maloum from Cameroon and Muzoon Almellehan from Syria.
The announcement was made by International children’s rights organisation ‘KidsRights’ ahead of Universal Children’s Day to be observed tomorrow.
According to the committee, all three have improved the rights and position of children in unique and tangible ways. Every year, the young prize-winner gains an international platform to share his or her message with hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
In line with the tradition, this year’s prize will be awarded by 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus in the Hall of Knights (Ridderzaal) in The Hague on December 2. Yunus, 76, admired the children, saying they are fighting for a fairer world.