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GA youth speaker to address press at GA stakeout, following closing of session

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On 10 December, (centre, with microphone) Millicent Atieno Orondo, 15, of Kenya asks a question about the implementation of laws to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) and stop rape, at the launch of ‘Progress for Children’ at UNICEF House. Millicen
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - Millicent Orondo, 15, of Kenya, will speak to the press today following her closing statement in the General Assembly, at around 4:15 p.m. outside of the General Assembly.

Millicent was elected by her peers to represent them, and she is going to read a statement written by the children which contains their recommendations. Her speech will be given to the Commemorative High-level Plenary Meeting Devoted to the Follow-up to the Outcome of the Special Session on Children.

Bio: Millicent Atieno Orondo

Millicent lives with her father in an informal settlement known as Kangemi in the outskirts of Nairobi. Her father works as a cook in a nearby convent. Millicent is the second born in a family of three girls and one boy. Her mother lives up-country where she runs a small fish business and comes to Nairobi regularly to visit the family.

Millicent is active in promoting a toll-free helpline for children and is a member of the Child-to-Child (CTC) Club in her school. She joined the club as a child. Later, she was elected Chairperson of the Child Participation Committee in a democratic election. In this role, she oversees the activities of all the CTC Clubs in schools. 

Millicent is also a member of the Scouts and she likes music, debates and drama clubs.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 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.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, Tel: 212-326-7452, kdonovan@unicef.org
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF Media, Tel:  212-326-7162, nmekki@unicef.org




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