The Queen presents the World’s Children’s Prize

During the ceremony in the Hall of State at Gripsholm Castle, The Queen presented the award to this year’s Child Rights Hero and recipient of the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, Rachel Lloyd. Rachel was acknowledged for her 20-year struggle against the exploitation of girls in the human trafficking trade in the US.

During the ceremony in the Hall of State at Gripsholm Castle, The Queen presented the award to this year’s Child Rights Hero and recipient of the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, Rachel Lloyd. Rachel was acknowledged for her 20-year struggle against the exploitation of girls in the human trafficking trade in the US.

Recipients of the Honorary Awards were:

Gabriel Montoya, “for his efforts over the course of more than 30 years to support Colombia’s street children, child soldiers and children in prison.”

Valeriu Nicolae, “for his tireless struggle to protect the poorest and most vulnerable children in Romania’s Ferentari ghetto in Bucharest.”

The Queen meeting the members of the Child Jury before the award ceremony at Gripsholm Castle. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The Queen meeting the members of the Child Jury before the award ceremony at Gripsholm Castle. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The World’s Children’s Prize

The World’s Children’s Prize (WCP) is a unique education programme for children, working for children’s rights and to achieve a more compassionate world. Since the programme was founded in 2000, some 40 million children – including more than half a million in Sweden – have been involved and have learnt about children’s rights, democracy and global friendship.

Around 70,000 schools (including 1,754 in Sweden) in 115 countries act as Global Friend schools for the World’s Children’s Prize.

Children vote for the winner of this prestigious prize in recognition of efforts to promote children’s rights via the Global Vote.

The Queen is patron of the World’s Children’s Prize, together with Nobel Peace Laureate and World’s Children’s Prize 2014 recipient Malala Yousafzai, Burmese opposition politician and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and South African church leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu.

During this year’s ceremony at Gripsholm, founder of ECPAT Sweden Helena Karlén (honoured for her lifetime achievement) and Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér became new patrons.

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