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Child Rights Hero
Detail: 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 10th for the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC). 22 million children in close to 50,000 schools in 94 countries support the WCPRC. The World’s Children’s Prize program includes giving the world’s children an opportunity to present their prestigious awards for outstanding contributions to the rights of the child.

WCPRC is the world’s largest educational activity for the rights of the child, democracy, respect for the environment, global friendship and peace. It empowers children to demand change and respect for their rights, and supports their human growth as global citizens. Millions of vulnerable children are among the participating children. They include former child soldiers, debt slaves and street children, children who are orphans because of AIDS, genocide or the Asian Tsunami.

This year children will participate in the ‘Decade Global Vote’, to choose their Decade Child Rights Hero. In 2008, 6.6 million children voted. The candidates are the 14 people and organizations that have received the voting children’s ‘Global Friends’ Award’, or the jury children’s ‘World’s Children’s Prize’, during the first nine years of the WCPRC, 2000-2008. The members of the international child jury are experts on the rights of the child through their own life experiences, which include being soldiers, slaves, living in the streets or having had your rights violated in other ways. On the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 20 November 2009, children will reveal their hero of the decade on TV, worldwide.
Date: March 6 2009