Children’s Rights Defender Award

“Hope for Children” UNCRC Policy Centre, after a decision by its Board of Directors, established the Children’s Rights Defender award, which addresses public figures and institutions whose actions have strengthened children’s rights alongside improving their quality of life.

During the awarding of Mr. Konis, the Director General of Hope For Children, Mr. Joseph Varughese, pronouncing the “father of children’s rights in Cyprus”, referred, together with the Deputy Director of the USB Bank Mr. Andreas Theodorides, to the significant role that Mr. Konis plays in the promotion and application of the rights of the child. They highlighted, amongst others, his contribution to the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Child up to 1989 and later on to the ratification of the Convention by the Republic of Cyprus in 1990.

George Theofanous, the Goodwill Ambassador of HFC, together with the parliamentarian Mr. Andreas Michaelides, awarded WISTA- Cyprus, which until today has supported actions addressing the empowerment of children, the prevention of phenomena such as sexual violence, as well as the education of the public for issues like child trafficking, that takes place also through the transportation of commercial containers in ships worldwide.

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