UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Dinara Saduakassova, one of the 15 best chess players in the world, became the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in November 2017. She advocates for the rights of the most vulnerable children in Kazakhstan.
Dinara is a Kazakhstani chess player with the FIDE’s title of International Master (IM) and Women Grandmaster (WGM). She entered the top 15 chess players of the world among women. In addition to her numerous achievements in sports, Dinara also has many merits in social activities.
The collaboration of Dinara Saduakassova and UNICEF office in Kazakhstan began in 2017. Since then, Dinara has actively supported UNICEF initiatives - she visited Mangystau Region to learn more about children in this region, met with children in contact with the law and active youth. She also visited the Youth Resource Center, where she held a lecture and talked with young people about motivation, discipline and success. Dinara held chess tournaments with children at the Juvenile Adaptation Center, family-type village for children left without family support, and specialized school for children in contact with the law.
Thanks to UNICEF, I learn a lot about the rights of the most vulnerable children - children with disabilities, child victims or witnesses of crime, children in conflict with the law, children suffering abuse even in their own families. I hope to contribute to protect the rights of every child.
Dinara’s Chess Academy launched a campaign for the World Children's Day in Kazakhstan by organizing a chess tournament to raise awareness of the children’s rights. She also spoke at World Children's Day events about children's rights.
Dinara supports the UNICEF campaign to prevent violence against children: she attends meetings with influential figures, talks about preventing violence on social networks, calls for the need to urgently address violence against children.