Singer Marvi to continue as UNICEF Youth Advocate

07 May 2020
Singer Marvi to continue as UNICEF Youth Advocate
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2020/Agomes

DILI, 7 May 2020 – The United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Representative, Valérie Taton, and top Timorese singer, Maria Vitória da Costa Borges (Marvi), signed an agreement today to continue joint advocacy actions for children and young people in Timor-Leste. The signing ceremony took place at an event held at the UNICEF office in Dili.

Marvi, who was the 2018 winner of The Voice Portugal competition, has been UNICEF Timor-Leste’s Youth Advocate since May 2019.

Marvi joins a number of global and regional personalities from various fields including sports, music, the performing arts and film, who support advocacy efforts for the rights of children and young people.

Over the past year, Marvi has taken part in a number of events and engagements that focused on raising awareness on issues children and young people face, and advocating for improving access to healthcare, education, protection, and participation.

“I am extremely pleased to continue this partnership with UNICEF, to build on our achievements of the past year and accelerate change for the children and young people of Timor-Leste,” said Marvi during the signing ceremony.

In the coming year, she will continue advocacy efforts to improve access to quality education, healthcare, protection, and increase young people’s participation in policy and development.

“Marvi has been an excellent advocate for child and youth rights, speaking from the heart, and touching hearts and lives through her advocacy,” said Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative. “We look forward to working with Marvi to help shape a better future for all the children of Timor-Leste.”

Marvi has been passionate about singing and been associated with UNICEF from an early age – where her talent for singing was discovered at the age of three at a competition organised by UNICEF at a camp for internally displaced persons in 2006.
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Kantora MARVI kontinua sai hanesan advogada ba foinsa’e


Dili, 7 Maiu 2020 – Fundus Nasoins Unidas ba Labarik (UNICEF) nia reprezentativa, Valérie Taton, ho kantora Timor-oan, Maria Vitoris da Costa Borges (MARVI), asina ona akordu ohin loron atu kontinua involve iha asaun advokasia sir aba labarik no foinsa’e sira iha Timor-Leste. Serimonia asinatura ne’e halao iha eskritoriu UNICEF-nian iha Caikoli, Dili.

MARVI, kantora ne’ebe sai vensedora ba kompetisaun The Voice Portugal, sai ona hanesan UNICEF-nia Advogada ba Foinsa’e hahú Maiu 2019.  

MARVI halo parte númeru global no personalidade rejional sira husi kampo oin-oin inklui desportu, muzika, artista no film, ne’ebe apoia halo esforsu advokasia ba labarik no foisa’e sira.

Iha tinan kotuk liu ba, MARVI hola parte ona iha eventu balun no involvimentu ne’ebe foka liu ba konsientizasaun asuntu sira mak labarik no foinsa’e sira hasoru, no halo advokasia ba melloramentu asesu ba kuidadu saúde, edukasaun, protesaun no partisipasaun. 

“Hau kontente tebes atu kontinua parseria ho UNICEF, hodi atinji buat ne’ebe mak ami realiza ona iha pasadu no selebra mundansa ba labarik no foinsa’e sira iha Timor-Leste,” dehan MARVI durante serimonia asinatura.

Iha tinan mai ne’e, nia (MARVI) sei kontinua ho esforsu advokasia hodi hadi’ak kualidade edukasaun, kuidadu saúde, protesaun, no aumenta foinsa’e sira-nia partisipasaun iha politika no dezenvolvimentu. 

“MARVI sai ona advogada ida di’ak tebes ba labarik no foinsa’e nia direitu, koalia husi-nia fuan-laran, no kona loos ba fuan no moris liu husi-nia advokasia,” dehan Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF. “Ita hakarak servisu hamutu nafatin ho MARVI hodi ajuda hadi’ak labarik Timor-oan hotu-nia futuru.”

MARVI apaixonada ho kanta no asosia ho UNICEF hahú husi idade ki’ik – iha ne’ebe nia talenta kanta diskobre liu husi tinan tolu iha kompetisaun ida organiza husi UNICEF iha kampo refujiadu ida iha 2006. 
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