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South Africa, 8 December 2016: Tiny Story author Michelle Nkamankeng receives ‘Girl Child of Promise Award’

© UNICEF South Africa/2016/Okumu
During the Mbokodo (Women in the Arts) Awards, UNICEF’s Tiny Story Author, 7 year-old Michelle Nkamankeng, received the ‘Girl Child of Promise’ Award.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 8 December 2016 – During the Mbokodo (Women in the Arts) Awards, an event to recognize women who have shown leadership to strengthen the arts, on 8 December, UNICEF’s Tiny Story author, 7 year-old Michelle Nkamankeng, received the ‘Girl Child of Promise’ Award.

“I receive this award on behalf of all the children of South Africa. We, children, have beautiful stories to tell and thoughts to share. And we have a right to be heard! Together we can make the world a better place for children,” said Michelle Nkamankeng.

Herve Ludovic de Lys, UNICEF South Africa’s Representative, said, “As UNICEF is celebrating its 70th anniversary to commemorate our work for children over the last 70 years, we count on the leadership of women and the care of mothers to ensure that the world becomes a better place for children everywhere – and for every child. We need YOUR support to tackle growing inequalities and deepening cycles of poverty around the world, and in South Africa.” UNICEF’s 70th anniversary is an opportunity to remind public audiences of children’s urgent needs and the impact of the organization’s work -- working relentlessly in some of the world’s toughest places to save lives and give hope to children in need and at risk.

© UNICEF South Africa/2016/Okumu
UNICEF South Africa’s Representative, Herve Ludovic de Lys, posing with UNICEF’s Tiny Story Author, 7 year-old Michelle Nkamankeng, at the Mbokodo (Women in the Arts) Awards.

“This year’s awards are a celebration of the triumph of humanity and the understanding of women's rights as human rights. The awards are indeed a unique platform that consolidates the incredible work done by South African women through honouring their immense contribution in the fields of arts and culture. This year, we also recognize the role that women play as custodians of the family but also the inspirational role of the girl child,” said Bouwer CEO of Carol Bouwer Productions, the organizer of the event.

During the event, the ‘70 Years For Every Child’ historical exhibit was also featured, where guests and artists interacted with UNICEF representatives and where the role the organization has played in protecting the rights of children around the world was honoured.



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