“Good morning! We’re going to tell you about the Round the Globe Run for a Better World. In a better world, children are free and not taken advantage of either in society or at school. Let’s make sure we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals because then there will be equality between girls and boys!” cries WCP Child Rights Ambassador Yuran, 15.
Yuran speaks to a cheering crowd at Macia Secondary School in Mozambique. Here, the Child Rights Ambassadors are responsible for the school’s Round the Globe Run for a Better World, and after their speeches, the run begins.
Yuran is running for gender equality.
“I gave the introduction this morning because I wanted to teach other children about our rights. I mainly wanted to talk about the inequalities between girls and boys. One important goal for the UN by the year 2030 is that there shouldn’t be any difference between the rights and value of boys and girls. But boys and girls are treated differently here. Daughters in a family sometimes don’t get the chance to go to school because they have to work, while the sons in the same family go to school. That’s a breach of children’s rights. And sometimes girls are sexually exploited by teachers in exchange for good grades and test results. That should never ever happen. It damages girls’ mental health forever! As a boy, I feel ashamed. Girls and boys have the same rights and should be treated equally. That’s what we showed our community today during the Round the Globe Run for a Better World and a better Mozambique. My own dream is to be an engineer.”
Aline’s sign says: “Stop forced early marriages and trafficking of children”
“Stop violence in schools and communities” Dulce, 13
“Stop the inequalities between boys and girls” Chelton, 13
“We want ramps in all institutions” (for differently-abled)." Ânsera, 14
“Help to protect the future of children” Felíao, 13