SA woman nominated for rights award

2012-01-25 22:01

Stockholm - Three women from South Africa, Afghanistan and Tanzania were on Wednesday nominated for the 2012 World's Children's Prize, organisers said.

Ann Skelton, currently head of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria, was mentioned for her work to strengthen the rights of children in the justice system in South Africa.

Sakena Yacoobi of Afghanistan was cited for her efforts to ensure that girls have a right to an education, partly through her organisation Afghanistan Institute of Learning that runs schools and clinics.

In northern Tanzania, Anna Mollel has since 1990 worked to help disabled children, mainly from the Maasai ethnic group, go to school by providing them medical care, operations and other aid.

A children's jury nominated the three. The winner of the $100 000 prize is decided by a vote among millions of school children worldwide. The announcement was due in May.

In 2011, over 3 million children took part in a vote and selected Murhabazi Namegabe of the Democratic Republic of Congo for his work to free children forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves.

Patrons of the prize include former president Nelson Mandela, pro-democracy campaginer Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

The award was established in 2000 by the Swedish non-governmental organisation, Children's World.

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