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§ Her Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah
Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah, the Sultanah of Terengganu and Queen of Malaysia, is active in social and humanitarian duties for the community. Her Majesty regularly contributes to charitable and goodwill activities through various organisations, uniformed bodies and educational institutions. In 2008, Her Majesty and her daughter Tengku Nadhirah Zaharah created a design for a children's shirt to raise funds for UNICEF’s programs for children.

§ Her Highness Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz
Her Highness the Princess of Kedah Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz is an active champion for the welfare, education and health of vulnerable children, through her work as the Chairperson of the Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah. Her Highness has supported UNICEF's programs for children in Kedah since 2004, and in 2008, Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri supported the launch of the joint report by Ministry of Health and UNICEF, ‘Women and Girls Confronting HIV and AIDS in Malaysia’ in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

§ Tun Dr Siti Hasmah bt. Mohd Ali
Tun Dr Siti Hasmah has campaigned tirelessly for various issues in public health and welfare, including rural health, women's health, family planning, drug abuse control and adult literacy, both as a doctor and as First Lady during her husband Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's 22-year premiership of Malaysia. In 2009, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah supported the launch of the State of the World’s Children Special Edition report celebrating 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

§ Tun Jeanne Abdullah
Wife of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Tun Jeanne supported various community programs, especially for senior citizens, single mothers, the disabled, and children and teenagers with poor academic achievements. During her term as First Lady, Tun Jeanne championed many children’s issues in collaboration with UNICEF, including child survival and child rights in Malaysia and in conflict countries like Gaza.

§ Asha Gill
Asha has worn many hats throughout her career: DJ, Channel [V] VJ, Discovery Channel TV host, director, producer and model. A women’s rights advocate, the mother of a two-year old boy was also a former spokesperson for Amnesty International’s ‘Stop Violence against Women’ campaign. In 2008, Asha helped UNICEF to spotlight the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV by contributing to the mini-documentary ‘Women Unite’.

§ Professor Jaap E Doek
Professor Jaap is a Law professor at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and the former Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (from May 2001 to 2007). Professor Jaap visited Malaysia several times between 2005 and 2008 to work with the Attorney-General’s Chambers and various Government agencies to discuss ways for Malaysia to move forward in meeting the recommendations made by the Committee to fulfil children’s rights. During his visit, he also helped to spotlight the issue of juvenile justice through media advocacy.

§ Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir
A prominent socio-political activist, newspaper columnist and blogger, Datin Paduka Marina advocates for children and women through her work on HIV, gender and human rights, both internationally and in Malaysia. She is responsible for setting up the country's Paediatric AIDS Fund in 1996 to help meet the needs of poor children living with HIV and AIDS. In 2009, Datin Paduka Marina worked with UNICEF to rally public support for the plight of children in Gaza, and championed the rights of refugee and migrant children during the ‘Education for Every Child’ Forum by UNICEF and the Bar Council. She is the eldest child of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.



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