Morocco uses sport to help raise awareness of violence against children

16 October 2014

In April 2014, UNICEF in Morocco teamed up with Marathon des Sables to help raise awareness of the organization’s work with children.

The six-day marathon through the desert is known as one of the world's toughest foot races. In 2013, UNICEF used the event to help highlight the issue of equity. This year, UNICEF chose to highlight the widespread problem of violence against children, as part of the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

More than 1,000 athletes from over 50 countries took part in the grueling race. The participants expressed their commitment to serve as ambassadors in their respective societies to relay the call from UNICEF: let’s end violence against children.

The partnership with Marathon des Sables is part of the UNICEF's Morocco efforts to position UNICEF as the partner of choice in the sport sector. The funds raised during the event will help to protect vulnerable children in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office
Tel: 00962798674628

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