UNICEF appoints three Youth Advocates in the United Arab Emirates

21 November 2022
UNICEF appoints three Youth Advocates in the United Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi, 21 November 2022 - UNICEF announced today the appointment of three new UNICEF Youth Advocates from the United Arab Emirates. The inspiring young leaders will join a global cohort of youth from across the globe with universal goals. The three new Youth Advocates have extensive backgrounds in advocacy for children’s rights and priorities. From creating a more climate-resilient planet to fighting against violence to championing the rights of children with disabilities, these young people are speaking out and taking action for children’s rights.

Maryam Al Hamli, 17, is a child rights advocate. She is a member of the Children's Advisory Council to the UAE’s Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, a member of the Emirati Children's Parliament and a former member of the Arab Parliament for Children in its 2019-2020 session.

Ghaith Aleghfeli, 17, is also a member of the Children's Advisory Council to the UAE’s Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and a member of the Emirati Children's Parliament. He advocates on behalf of children, particularly those with disabilities as he strives to make technology more accessible to blind and visually impaired children.

Ayshka Najib, 20, is a climate activist. She works with Fridays For Future MAPA (Most Affected People and Areas). Her recent efforts include representing youth at regional and global events such as MENA Climate Week, the UN’s High-Level Political Forum, Youth4Climate Summit and COP27.

“Maryam, Ghaith and Ayshka's appointment reflects UNICEF’s commitment to promoting meaningful participation of children and young people in decisions that affect them,” said Eltayeb Adam, UNICEF Representative to the Gulf Area. “We embark on a journey together to amplify the voices of these inspiring young people as we work to solve challenges related to climate change, disability inclusion, bullying and mental health.”

The appointment was announced today at an award ceremony held in Abu Dhabi by the UAE’s Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood to recognize champions of anti-bullying campaigns across the country. The appointment comes also as the UAE prepares to host COP28 in November 2023.

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UNICEF Gulf
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