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Celebrating the Week of Children’s Rights Protection

Kyiv, 22 November - 05 December 2010 - late November and early December have been rich in events of the World Day of Children's Rights.

Children from regular families, children from incomplete families, street children, orphans, children in conflict with the law, children without status, and children without parental care - they all are different but need attention and care in the same way.

On the occasion of 21th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of a child, UNICEF in Ukraine, the French Embassy in Ukraine and the French Cultural Centre held a Week of Children’s Rights Protection "You also have the right!"

The aim of the event was to draw the attention of Ukrainian society and the international community in Ukraine to the rights of children and the need to protect and observe it.

One of the main events was the pre-premiere screening of the film "Paint yourself ..." by French photographer and director Gilles Porte. Press conference on the occasion of the presentation of the film with the participation of director Gilles Porte was held on October 28 in cinema "Kyiv" in the framework of the movie festival "Molodist", where the Director presented the film and announced the Week of children's rights "You also have the right!". Film-opening "Draw yourself .." shows that children from different countries and continents, regardless of race, sex, language, religion, ethnic or social origin should be heard and protected. Drawing self-portraits, children stressed the fact that each of them is a small citizen of his country, entitled to recognition of identity, right to expression, to respect their thoughts and feelings. The film "Draw yourself" was presented at Cannes Festival 2010.

The second important event was Gilles Porte photo exhibition "Portraits. Self-portraits. It was open to the public from 22 November to 5 December. At the exhibition there were photographs of boys and girls from all over the world, aged from 3 to 6 years, who can neither write nor read. They drew self-portraits, which were exhibited next to their photos. For the first time the exhibition included Ukrainian children - their self-portraits and pictures were made Gilles Porte in the kindergarten № 63 in Kyiv.

The exhibition "Portraits. Selfportraits” was presented in UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 1 December. Ukraine became the 34th country which the French director and photographer Giles Port held a photo session for children in.

During the Week there was also a screening of French cartoons: "Keriti or house tales", "Chirico and the Witch", "King and the bird", "Lucky Luke. Journey to the West ". 92 educational institutions in Kyiv, including boarding schools, rehabilitation and social centres attended cartoons screening.

During the second session of screenings a special documentary film "Ocean" was presented to the public on 27 November.

Another event conducted in the framework of the Week was the round table "Rights of the Child. Among participants of the discussion were experts from France, such as Jean-Pierre Rozenzveh, Chairman of the Juvenile Court of Bobin (France), Marie-Kolet Lalir, Attaché for Cooperation eastern region.

Among the questions that were posed to the participants were: Do we imprison children? Are there any alternatives to this? These and many other issues were raised at the round table.

The discussion was also attended by Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, Jacques Faure, French Ambassador to Ukraine, Ake Peterson, Representative of the Secretary General, Jean-Pierre Rozenzveh, Chairman of the Juvenile Court of Bobin (France), as well as representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, non-governmental organizations working in the field of child protection.

After the roundtable French experts participated in the TV program "Generations" at the First National Channel. The programme informed young Ukrainians of their rights and responsibilities.
You can see the programme extract here:

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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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