Mandela Machel Named Heroes of Children’s Rights

Human rights advocate Nelson Mandela and his wife have won a global award for helping to promote children’s rights over the past 10 years, the prize foundation said on Friday.

Mandela and Graca Machel will get about half of the €1,1-million prize money of the Decade Child Rights Heroes award. The remainder will be shared by 12 annual prize winners, including Cambodian woman activist Somaly Mam, who has spearheaded her country’s battle against sex traffickers.

Since 1999, the Swedish Children’s World Association has awarded the annual World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child for outstanding contributions in defending the rights of children and youth.