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Daphne Oseña-Paez renews commitment to children’s rights

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August 2013 -- Media personality and lifestyle icon Daphne Oseña Paez renews her contract as Special Advocate for Children of UNICEF Philippines. In a signing ceremony today with UNICEF Representative Tomoo Hozumi, Daphne reaffirms her commitment to work with the UN children’s agency.

UNICEF celebrities are luminaries from various fields who all share a dedication to improving the lives of children worldwide. Daphne joins the ranks of famous personalities such as David Beckham, Jackie Chan, Mia Farrow, Queen Rania of Jordan, Shakira, and UNICEF Philippines National Goodwill Ambassador Gary Valenciano in lending a strong voice that will draw attention to children’s issues.

“Celebrities help draw focus to important issues faced by children today. In the Philippines, we reach out to the most vulnerable children who are faced with the threat of disasters, armed conflict and challenges associated with urbanisation. Daphne’s strong dedication and hard work as a breastfeeding advocate and fundraiser will no doubt help us accomplish these goals,” said Hozumi.

A mother to three daughters, Daphne began her journey with UNICEF in 2010 as a celebrity breastfeeding advocate. She spoke about the many challenges faced by breastfeeding mothers, and the support they needed to successfully breastfeed their babies.

As part of her duties as Special Advocate, Daphne has managed to get important children’s issues such as early childhood care, clean water, malnutrition and armed conflict in the public domain. Daphne visited Ondoy-affected mothers in Laguna, malnourished children in Maguindanao, frontline breastfeeding workers in Taguig and families displaced by Typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental.

“I feel honoured for this opportunity to once again work with UNICEF. As a mother, it gives me great joy to be able to work so that all children everywhere can get the best start in life,” Daphne said.

Daphne also helps raise awareness on the works of UNICEF as an organization funded entirely from donations. Her successful project UNICEF Auction for Action, now on its third year managed to raise 4.5 million pesos since 2011. The proceeds from the art auction were able to benefit many children, enabling them to access early childhood care and education programs.

During the signing ceremony, she announced plans for UNICEF Auction for Action 2013 to be held this October.

“We are excited for this year’s auction. It will be bigger and better with more artists from various fields pitching in to raise funds for children,” Daphne said.



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