18-year-old Cate takes over UNICEF office on the eve of World Children's Day

For every child, the right to meaningful participation

By Proscovia Nakibuuka Mbonye
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19 November 2019

Today, 18-year-old, Cate Nabankema, a social change agent took over the UNICEF Representative's office on the eve of World Children's Day. "My message for the children of Uganda is, if you are out of school, stay positive we will achieve our dreams too, if you are in school then please stay in school."

#KidsTakeOvers are an avenue of advocating and raising awareness on the most pressing issues facing children. They are also a manifestation of children's rights and a way to show that every child has the right to be heard, to participate and to play a role in the civic life of their society. 


Meet Cate Nabankema, the UNICEF Representative

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(L) Dr. Doreen Mulenga, UNICEF Representative in Uganda, has a brief meeting with Cate before she took over office. "The Convention on the Rights of a Child has enabled more children to have their voices heard and participate in their societies," Dr. Doreen Mulenga. 

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Cate Nabankema goes through some documentation as she settles into her new role as the UNICEF Representative Dr. Doreen Mulenga looks on.

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Dr. Doreen Mulenga goes through some emails with Cate Nabankema.  "I start checking my emails at 2 am," Dr. Mulenga, tells her Cate.

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Cate Nabankema takes calls during the takeover session at UNICEF Uganda. "We should engage boys too. They seem to be left out of programmes and activities. We are all children. We will grow up and build our nation," she urged.

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Cate Nabankema, attends a meeting with senior management - (L) Alexandra Westerbeek, Chief Communication and (R) Noreen Prendiville, Deputy Representative. "The Convention on the Rights of a Child shouldn't be something that we just talk about, as children we want to see practical actions being taken," Cate said.

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Cate Nabankema has a discussion with Alexandra Westerbeek, Chief Communication. 

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Cate Nabankema poses with a few UNICEF staff member before handing back the office to Dr. Doreen Mulenga. 

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Cate Nabankema and Dr. Doreen Mulenga share a light moment.