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Presentation of the “Draw yourself” project by famous French photographer Gilles Port aimed at promoting children’s rights in Ukraine

Kyiv, 28 October, 12:00 - UNICEF in Ukraine, French Embassy and French Cultural Institute invite you to the press conference to present the “Draw yourself” art project in the framework of the Week of Children’s Rights Protection "You also have the right!" in the cinema "Kyiv". The Week will take place on November 22-27 in Kyiv and will be devoted to the 21st anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

During the press conference, renowned French film director and photographer Gilles Port, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo and director of the French Cultural Institute Matthieu Ardin will tell how the idea of the Week celebration emerged, about the components of the initiative for children and adults and will answer all the questions.

A child is a person who should have the right to express his/her thoughts and feelings. The way our children feel depends primarily on the actions and attitude of others. A society that despises children's rights is a society without future. It is a sacred duty of the family, school, government, civil society to take care of the comprehensive development of interests and abilities of children, provide them with proper education and respect for human childhood.

Director and photographer Gilles Port will tell about his movie "Draw yourself” and about the exhibition "Portraits. Self-portraits”, which will be conducted in the framework of the week "You also have the right!”. In Kyiv Gilles Port will also conduct a photo and drawing session for children to present Ukrainians in the exhibition.

After the press conference all the participants are invited to a special screening of the film by Gilles Port "Draw yourself!” in the cinema “Kyiv” held in the framework of the "Molodist” film festival.

Accreditation is required by email or by phone:, 482 23 71, 482 06 72.
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Editor’s note: On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), establishing one set of fundamental rights for all children and young people. Today, the CRC is the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. It was ratified by 193 states, except the United States and Somalia. In 2009 the world community is celebrating 20th anniversary of the CRC.
Ukraine signed the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child on 27 February.

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997.

For further information please contact:
Victoria Piavka, French Cultural Institute, tel: 044 482 23 71; email:
Sergiy Prokhorov, UNICEF Ukraine, tel: 044 254 24 50, email:



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