Posts tagged ‘international’

September 6, 2013

Malala wins International Children’s Peace Price 2013

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Malala wins International Children’s Peace Price 2013, and I get to be present!

KidsRights commends her fight for right to education for girls worldwide

Amsterdam, August 27, 2013 – On Friday September 6, the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013 will be presented in The Hague to Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old girl from Pakistan, who has risked her life in the fight for access to education for girls all over the world. By awarding the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013, the Dutch children’s rights organization KidsRights shines the spotlight on a brave and talented child who has demonstrated special dedication to children’s rights. Malala will be presented with the prize by human rights activist Tawakkol Karman from Yemen; the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011.

As an 11-year-old girl, Malala became widely known by stepping forward and writing a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC. She wrote every day about her passion for school and the oppression of the Taliban in Pakistan. In doing so, she focused on the ban in her region on girls going to school. Malala told the world about how it felt to sit at home not having a school to go to. In 2012, she had to pay for her bravery with a targeted attempt on her life by the Taliban. Malala was severely wounded and had to flee to England, where she now lives and goes to school. With her words and strong communication skills, she positively raises awareness to the fact that all children have the right to education in a safe environment.

A child can set the world in motion

“The winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize have proven that any child is able to change and to move the world. Each one of them has successfully fought to solve problems such as child slavery, poverty and the lack of access to education and healthcare,” explains Marc Dullaert, chairman and founder of the Dutch KidsRights Foundation. Every year, the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize is selected by an independent Expert Committee from nominations from all over the world. Malala was already one of the nominees in 2011, but this year the Expert Committee unanimously decided not to nominate other children, but to award the International Children’s Peace Prize to Malala.

Prize presented by Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman

On Friday September 6 2013, the Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkol Karman will present the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize on behalf of KidsRights to the 16-year-old Malala in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. Tawakkol Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 at the age of 32, making her the youngest winner ever. Guests of honor attending Malala’s award ceremony will include Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Martin van Rijn (State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport), Wietze Reehoorn (member of the Managing Board, ABN AMRO) and the 2011 International Children’s Peace Prize winner Chaeli Mycroft. The winner will be presented with the special ‘Nkosi’ statuette, which shows how a child sets the world in motion. She will also receive financial support for her education and a worldwide platform for spreading her message and focusing attention on her efforts to provide all girls with access to education. The International Children’s Peace Prize is accompanied by an award of € 100.000 which is invested in the projects connected with the children’s rights theme to which the winner is dedicated. This year, the fund is made available for projects that aim to improve access to education for girls in Pakistan. The project fund is made available through the AkzoNobel Children’s Peace Fund.

 

About the International Children’s Peace Prize

The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the Dutch KidsRights Foundation and is awarded annually to a child, anywhere in the world, for his or her dedication to children’s rights. 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 Prize Laureate. Each year the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize is selected from nominations from all over the world. An independent Expert Committee assesses the candidates and selects the winner. The International Children’s Peace Prize is accompanied by an award of €100.000 which is invested by KidsRights in projects that are closely connected to the winners’ area of work. The project fund is made available through the AkzoNobel Children’s Peace Fund. The winner receives the statuette ‘Nkosi’, financial support for his or her education and a world-wide platform to promote his or her ideals and causes to the benefit of children’s rights.

About the KidsRights Foundation
Every child has talents. Every child has dreams. KidsRights, based in the Netherlands, believes in a world where all children have access to their rights and are enabled to realise the great potential they have within them. KidsRights promotes the wellbeing of very vulnerable children across the world and advocates the realisation of their rights. KidsRights sees children as changemakers in this process. As Nobel Peace Prize winner and patron of KidsRights, Desmond Tutu says: “KidsRights seeks to give a voice to the voiceless”.

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May 22, 2012

FunX II

A couple of months ago I wrote about my favourite Dutch radiostation (read the blogpost HERE), Well Woohoo! FunX can stay! Parties came to an agreement; FunX will become a public service broadcasting radiostation and will stay on air, even after 2012! 

I hope the fact they are becoming public won’t change too much, FunX has such a different identity & style compared to any other station, they need to stay themselves. They’re the only truly multicultural radiostation that The Netherlands have and they manage to reach many youngsters that otherwise could only be reached through social media. I hope the government will consider finding a way to utilise this fact….. 

FunX

FunX  RADIO (Check & listen here !) is a Dutch radio station which is in fact the most popular radio station in the biggest cities amongst youngsters; Amsterdam (96.1 FM), Rotterdam (91.8 FM) , Den Haag (98.4 FM) and Utrecht (96.1 FM).
They play a lot of international music, address the youth of the 190 nationalities that The Netherlands house, bring up sensitive and important topics, educate, inform and they are more than just a radio station, more than a medium, they are a platform,  a way to reach the most important group of inhabitants, the youth. FunX; Welkom bij jezelf.

http://www.funx.nl/

September 1, 2011

FunX!

Sometimes I’m proud to be part of such a multicultural society.
Sometimes it all doesn’t make sense… like now! 

FunX  RADIO (Check & listen here !) is a Dutch radio station which is in fact the most popular radio station in the biggest cities amongst youngsters; Amsterdam (96.1 FM), Rotterdam (91.8 FM) , Den Haag (98.4 FM) and Utrecht (96.1 FM).
They play a lot of international music, address the youth of the 190 nationalities that The Netherlands house, bring up sensitive and important topics, educate, inform and they are more than just a radio station, more than a medium, they are a platform,  a way to reach the most important group of inhabitants, the youth. Note that they don’t only play “mixed” or international music, (online) they also offer FunX Arab, FunX Dance, FunX Desi, FunX Fusion, FunX Hiphop, FunX Latin, FunX Reggae, FunX Slow Jamz, as well as local stations for the big cities mentioned above. So the music they offer is almost something for everyone, right? Face it; the Dutch future does not only consist of native Dutch youth anymore, a multicultural society is our present, our future…  So without mentioning names but looking to the right; since we created the mass-immigration, let’s deal with it. So let’s embrace all the different cultures, try to understand them and communicate together! FunX is the melting pot of all the mixed beauty in The Netherlands. Let’s keep it that way!

The cabinet has decided that FunX will no longer receive subsidies from the government. The whole cultural sector is actually f#cked by the new rules. “So what’s the problem?” I can hear you think. “If FunX is so popular, they don’t need any subsidies?” Yeah well fine, I think FunX could find a way to financially manage, they claim to have 500.000 fans and are trying to prove that now (Read on to see how YOU can help!) , but it is not fair that the government is taking away their FM frequencies! Because of this, it is impossible for FunX to even become an independent commercial station.

In the period of upcoming elections, when political parties needed votes, many ministers found their way to FunX, to promote themselves to the listeners, to pretend they cared about the issues the youth in The Netherlands care about, but now, when the government decided that FunX is not important, where are those politicians? FunX was good enough to be used as a promotional tool during political campaigns, why don’t those politicians come up with a way to keep FunX? Is there for example any other way in the Netherlands to simply reach so many youngsters? And how come much less popular stations for elderly can continue their existence and get subsidised? Are the elderly more important than the youngsters, the future? Or is this because FunX is for and by MULTICULTURAL youngsters?

Support FunX! Download the FREE app on your smartphone to show you care!
Go to http://m.funx.nl with your smartphone or to the app store (available for IPhone/IPad/IPod/ Android/ Blackberry/ soon also for Nokia) to download the FunX app. No smartphone? Download the FREE online app over here; http://www.funx.nl/index.php/xsupportfunx/online-app

EVERY DOWNLOADED APP WILL COUNT AS A VOTE TO KEEP FUNX IN THE AIR!

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