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Dr Ashok Dyalchand chosen Child Rights Hero
On May 9, Maiti Nepal celebrated World’s Children Prize (WCP). Dr Ashok Dyalchand was selected by millions of children to be this year’s Child Rights Hero and recipient of the World’s Children Prize also known as the Children’s Nobel Prize. For more than four decades, Dyalchand has been campaigning against child marriage and fighting for equal rights for girls.
Along with Dyalchand, Spès Nihangaza, Burundi, for her 25-year fight for orphaned children who have been severely affected by the AIDS epidemic and brutal civil war, and Guylande Mésadieu, Haiti, who has been fighting for 20 years for children who have been forced into slavery, children in prison and children on the street were also honoured as Child Rights Heroes by Sweden’s Princess Sofia at the ceremony conducted at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred.
These three Child Right Heroes were nominated by children jury members and millions of children from around the world including Nepal have voted worldwide. Neeta Bagdas from Nepal is a member of the jury of WCP.