Man­dela, Machel for chil­dren’s rights prize

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STOCK­HOLM: Nel­son Man­dela and his wife Graça Machel were yes­ter­day named win­ners of a chil­dren’s rights prize in a vote in­volv­ing over 7 mil­lion chil­dren world­wide.

“We are ex­tremely hon­oured to have been voted as the Decade Child Rights He­roes,” Man­dela and Machel said in a state­ment.

“For both of us this award is very, very spe­cial given the place chil­dren oc­cupy in our hearts and lives,” they added.

Man­dela and Machel were se­lected among 13 for­mer win­ners of the World’s Chil­dren’s Prize, or­gan­is­ers said.

The prize was worth a to­tal of 1.1 mil­lion krona (R1.2m) of which Man­dela and Machel were to re­ceive 500 000 krona. The other 12 nom­i­nees were to share the rest of the prize sum.

The award cer­e­mony was set for April 26 in Stock­holm, Swe­den next year.

The an­nounce­ment was made in con­junc­tion with the 20th an­niver­sary of the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child.

Man­dela was cited for his “life­long strug­gle to free the chil­dren of South Africa from apartheid, and for his un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for their rights”.

Machel was lauded for her work for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, not least in her na­tive Mozam­bique and has cham­pi­oned the right for girls to go to school.

Pa­trons of the World’s Chil­dren’s Prize in­clude Queen Sil­via of Swe­den, Man­dela, East Ti­mor Pres­i­dent Xanana Gus­mao, Carol Bel­lamy the for­mer head of Unicef, and No­bel lau­re­ate Joseph Stiglitz.

The award was es­tab­lished in 2000 by the Swedish non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Chil­dren’s World.

For mer win­ners in­clude Betty Makoni of Zim­babwe and So­maly Mam of Cam­bo­dia. – Sapa-DPA

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