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Grandmother source of inspiration, says young prizewinning photographer

NEW YORK, 10 November 2006 - A young Kenyan has won a global UNICEF photo and essay competition, the children’s agency announced today.

Contestants in the Voices of Youth and 2007 UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report Photography Contest: Inspirational Women submitted photographs and essays highlighting women as role models.   

Over 70 entries were received from every part of the world featuring mothers, sisters, teachers, friends who have inspired young people.

“My grandmother has been an inspiration to three generations, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” said Mr. Arege.
In his essay, Mr. Arege describes how his grandmother worked hard to educate her sons, daughters and grandchildren. Her struggles against discrimination, and her insistence that her daughters be treated equally in the home and the school, empowered her children to achieve their aspirations.

"I wish to nominate my grandmother Aska Nyangwono Moturi as an inspirational woman. If my grandmother didn't achieve her education, I would not be educated today.” said Mr. Arege.

The eight finalists, one from each region, will be featured in the multimedia version of UNICEF’s State of World’s Children Report 2007multimedia version which will be available at www.unicef.org/sowc07 on 11 December 2006. This year’s report highlights the links between the well-being of women and children.

“Every entry that came in was a gift,” said Voices of Youth coordinator, Amber Oliver. “Children from every region inspired us with accounts of their mothers, sisters, teachers and neighbours changing the world, one by one, together.”


About the State of World Children’s Report
Every year, UNICEF issues its flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, the most comprehensive and authoritative report on the world's children, combining analyses, human interest stories, country profiles, maps and statistical data for 195 countries and territories.

About Voices of Youth (VOY)
Since 1995, VOY has focused on exploring the educational and community building potential of the internet, and facilitating the active and substantive participation of young people on child rights and development related issues. Through web boards, interactive quizzes, youth leadership profiles, live chat and more, Voices of Youth provides thousands of young people for over 180 countries with an opportunity to self-inform, engage in lively debate and partner – with their peers and decision makers – to create a world fit for children. 

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.




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