In Zimbabwe, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador calls for more protection of child victims of sexual violence

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra (right) speaks with twelve-year-old Paonei at the Childline drop-in centre in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Childline was established in 1997 by a group of Zimbabwean women. Photo: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo

8 May 2017 – Drawing attention to the harrowing traumas of child victims of sexual violence, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for greater recognition of the fact that it is “not OK” for children to be touched inappropriately as well as for raising awareness among youngsters that under-age sex can lead to pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

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Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless.

Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death.

We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation.

And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth.

On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all.

When we protect journalists, their words and pictures can change our world.

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UNIC Pretoria hosts a special screening of the Smurfs Movie.

Learners and teachers from Kokosi Primary School after the launch of the Smurfs movie in Johannesburg.

Pretoria – On Sunday the 26th March 2017, UNIC Pretoria in partnerships with UNICEF, Sony Pictures South Africa, Flow Communications and Ster Kinekor hosted a special screening on the Smurfs Movie called “The Lost Village” for learners and teachers of Kokosi Primary School in Johannesburg.

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International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Grade 7 learners from Lynnwood Ridge Primary School showing their red palm cut-outs

The United Nations declared 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to remind people about the negative impacts and consequences of the slave trade.

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The Secretary-General Remarks at the Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Racial Profiling and Incitement to Hatred, including in the context of migration 21 March 2017

As the President of the General Assembly just referred, this day reminds us that in 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, 69 unarmed protestors were killed in a peaceful protest against the discriminatory pass laws of the racist apartheid regime.

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