Hira Akbar, a 14-year-old teen from Swat has just been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by the KidRights Foundation.
Hira has been speaking at the Child Rights Committee’s parliament for child rights in Swat and injustice against children. Other than the CRC, she has also raised voice against underage marriages and as well as the physical abuse against the children of Swat in schools.
In honor of her efforts, she has been named for the award that will put her up against other children from across the world who are competing for it.
The 14-year-old is currently studying in the 7th grade. There are at least 156 children from across the world who have also been nominated for the award.
The award will be announced on the 15th of November and Hira is expressing high hopes of winning it.
More about the International Children’s Peace Prize
The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded yearly to a child who fights for children’s rights. KidRights, the foundation behind the award provides a platform for children to express their personal involvement and ideas for children rights.
The foundation feels that children who put in an effort to help others around the world through their voice and actions should be awarded for their determination and to help them improve their own efforts and that of the children living in their vicinity to help improve the environment.
The winner of the award receives a ‘Nkosi’ statuette which shows how a child helps set the world in motion. The award was designed by the first winner of the award, Nkosi Johnson.
The winner of the award will also receive a care and study grant and a worldwide platform to help them promote their ideas and beliefs to benefit children’s rights. Furthermore, KidRights will give out a fund of €100,000 to any projects that are closely connected to the winner’s area of work in their country.
In 2013, Malala Yousafzai won this award in Pakistan for fighting for the right to education for girls.