Indonesian schoolgirl launches comic book to help fight bullying in schools and achieve global goals
New York, Jakarta, 16 Juli 2019 – A youth artist and activist from Makassar, Indonesia has unveiled a new comic book – designed to help keep children and young people safe from violence in and around schools – at United Nations Headquarters in New York. In the comic book, Cipta brings her drawings to life in order to defeat invisible forces and restore peace in schools.
Eighteen-year-old Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli – winner of UNICEF and Comics Uniting Nations’ School Superhero Comic Contest – presented her creation to leaders from government, business, civil society and UN agencies, as well 100 children and young people, at the annual UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
“I hope Cipta can inspire others to take action, especially those that are afraid to speak up,” said Rizka. “Through the comic I want to help other young people overcome their fears and use their own superpowers to stop bullying and violence, including through art and expression, such as drawing, writing, activism or acting.”
The Indonesian Government, represented by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise, applauded Rizka’s achievement as pride for the nation’s children. “Young people themselves are integral partners and agents of change to make schools safe for learning,” said Minister Yohana Yembise.. “An excellent example of young peoples’ capacity and creativity to act as agents of change is the comic book created by an Indonesian student, Rizka, who won School Super Hero Comic Contest 2019. Her comic book is about a superhero who draws pictures that come to life and stop bullying in schools. We must do more to support young people like Rizka to speak out about violence in schools,” she added.
The comic contest called on children and young people to create a comic superhero that can keep students safe from violence in and around schools, including bullying. Since winning the worldwide contest earlier this year, Rizka has been working with a team of writers and illustrators in the United States to bring her concept to life. Her comic will now be distributed to students in more than 100,000 schools globally, including in Indonesia.
“Cipta is a powerful metaphor for the young superheroes all over the world taking action against violence and bullying in and around schools,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “As we mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, I have no doubt that young people around the world, including Rizka, will inspire world leaders to take action for the rights of every child.”
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