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The Child Rights Heroes and the Global Goals

All three nominated Child Rights Heroes for 2019 can be linked to several of the Global Goals, particularly those that are at the heart of this year’s WCP program.

A special focus lies on Goal 5 (Gender equality and equal rights for girls), Goal 10 (Reduced inequality) and Goal 16 (Peaceful and inclusive societies).

Spès and a group of children posing for the camera.

Spès Nihangaza, Burundi

Spès fights for Burundi’s orphans and most vulnerable children. Her organization FVS runs a boarding school, a centre for street children and clinics. Spès gives children the chance to go to school and access health care. She has created a system of 1,700 solidarity groups in which villagers save money together and orphans are found foster parents. The money can then be loaned to people wanting to start a small business, for health care and for school uniforms and school materials.

Examples of Spès’ links to the Goals:

• Support for girls, who, under Burundian law, are not entitled to inherit (Goals 5, 16)
• Child Protection Groups, which help children whose rights have been violated by providing legal and psychiatric support (Goals 10, 16)
• Fighting for equal rights for girls to education and a future (Goal 5)
• Help towards a better life for children living on the street (Goals 10, 16)
• Help for orphaned children (Goal 10, 16)

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ashok with a boy

Ashok Dyalchand, India

Ashok fights against child marriage and for girls’ rights in India. In order to save girls’ lives, raise their status and stop child marriage, Ashok and his organization IHMP have set up Girls Clubs. With knowledge, self-confidence and support from one another, the girls manage to convince their parents not to force them into child marriage, but to let them finish school instead.

Examples of Ashok’s links to the Goals

• 50,000 girls in 500 villages have learned about their rights andreceived Life Skills Education (Goals 5, 10, 16)
• Boys Clubs, where so far 5,000 boys and young men have learned about child marriage, girls’ rights and gender equality (Goals 5, 10, 16)
• Thanks to Ashok’s work the average age of a girl at the birth of her first child has risen to 18 (Goal 5)
• Implementation of the law prohibiting abortion on the grounds of the baby’s sex (Goals 5, 10)
• Training for parents, police, village councils and social workers (Goals 10, 16)

> Learn more about Ashok

Guylande getting a kiss on the cheek by a young girl

Guylande Mésadieu, Haiti

Guylande fights for Haiti’s most vulnerable children: domestic slave children, street children and children in prison. Some 225,000-300,000 children in Haiti live with a family that is not their own as restavèk (domestic slaves). They rarely go to school, and are beaten and sometimes sexually abused. Guylande founded the organization Zanmi Timoun (Children’s Friend) to help slave children and also street children and children in prison. In the major earthquake in 2010, hundreds of thousands of children ended up on the street, and families who had lost everything sent their children to other families to work as domestic slaves. Zanmi Timoun was able to help a lot of these children.

Examples of Guylande’s links to the Goals

• A national law against trafficking and child abuse (Goals 5, 10, 16)
• Helping domestic slave children, street children and children in prison to get a birth certificate and start school (Goals 10, 16)
• Parents are given small loans to start up an enterprise to help the family earn a little money so they don’t send their children away to be domestic slaves (Goals 10, 16)
• Helping to free poor children imprisoned without a trial (Goal 10)

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