UNICEF Rwanda welcomes Ms. Salima Mukansanga as a champion for children

04 August 2022
UNICEF champion Salima Mukansanga and UNICEF Representative Ms. Julianna Lindsey pose for a photo

UNICEF is thrilled to announce the official signing of Ms. Salima Mukansanga as a champion for a period of 12 months to support the implementation of the UNICEF Rwanda Country Office Advocacy Strategy.

In collaboration with UNICEF Rwanda Country Office, Ms. Mukansanga will use her increasingly prominent profile and personality as a public figure to advance child rights issues particularly in the sporting community and to the Rwandan public at large.

“It’s a great pleasure for me to be representing UNICEF as an advocacy champion and will use my voice to speak up for children in Rwanda, and all over the world,” Ms. Salima Mukansanga said. 

“Salima is a beacon of hope to young girls in Rwanda and all over the world due to her tremendous accomplishments,” said Ms. Julianna Lindsey, UNICEF Representative in Rwanda.  

“We are truly honored that she has accepted to lend her voice, energy and amazing talent to build a strong foundation for all children and help enable them to have the best chance of fulfilling their potential,” Ms. Lindsey added.    

Ms. Salima Mukansanga has officiated at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Africa Women Cup of Nations and CAF Women’s Champions League.

She is also one of three female referees selected to officiate as a centre referee at the FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Qatar later this year.

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