Who: Liberian teenager Abraham M Keita
Where: The Hague, the Netherlands
What: Awarded with the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2015
When: 10 November 2015
Why: For his extraordinary & peaceful fight for justice for child victims of violence
Liberian teenager Abraham M Keita was on 10 November 2015 awarded with the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2015. He was awarded for his extraordinary and peaceful fight for justice for child victims of physical or sexual violence, and for successfully campaigning for the Liberian parliament to adopt the Children’s Law.
Seventeen-year-old Keita received the prize from Nobel Peace Laureate and his countrywoman Leymah Gbowee in The Hague. Gbowee in 2011 became the first Liberian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in Liberia’s peace-building process.
About International Children’s Peace Prize
International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to child from across the world for his or her dedication to children’s rights. The prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the Dutch KidsRights Foundation.
The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented every year by a Nobel Peace Laureate.
Neha Gupta, an 18-year-old Indian American from Philadelphia, was awarded with the 2014 International Children’s Peace Prize for her work to help orphans in India and other vulnerable children. Neha was the first ever American to be awarded with the prize.