The March for our Lives wins fourteenth International Children’s Peace Prize

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For the first time, the International Children’s Peace Prize has been awarded to a collective rather than an individual. KidsRights patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave this year’s prize – the fourteenth – to David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Matt Deitsch, four students from Parkland, Florida, and the initiators of The March for our Lives.

On 14 February of this year, a former student walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and fatally shot 17 people, including 14 children. David, Emma, Jaclyn and Matt were at school that day and survived the attack – and they decided to take action. The four students campaigned peacefully yet forcefully for a safer school and society. In doing so, they galvanised thousands of people, including political leaders, to campaign for their mission. This group of extraordinarily driven young people grew in no time into a mass movement.

ABN AMRO has been the proud main sponsor of the Children’s Peace Prize and KidsRights Youngsters since 2006, because it believes in these powerful young changemakers and wants to help them pursue their mission of making the world a better place. CEO Kees van Dijkhuizen: ‘Today we honour children and young people around the world who are courageous enough to stand up against injustices, both large and small. These brave children deserve our support, and we are proud to give it to them so that they can continue to fight for change and inspire others to do the same.’

The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of ABN AMRO’s partner KidsRights, which promotes children’s rights around the world and gives exceptional young changemakers a voice. This year’s award ceremony was held – for the first time – not in the Ridderzaal in The Hague, but in the City Hall of Cape Town, South Africa. This venue was chosen to honour KidsRights patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the eternal changemaker Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 this year. 

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