The American student movement against guns March for Our Lives, which emerged after the Parkland, Florida, high school killings, was awarded today the Children’s Peace international award, awarded by KidsRight.
At a gala held in Cape Town, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Matt Deitsch, initiators of this campaign along with another twenty students, received the award from the hands of the South African archbishop and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, coincidentally with the celebration of Universal Children’s Day.
KidsRights (based in Amsterdam) has Tutu among its promoters for more than a decade, which is why the event took place in South Africa.
“I am amazed by these young people whose powerful message amplified by their youthful energy and their firm belief that children can not, should, improve their own future,” Tutu said of March for Our Lives members, according to a statement from the organization.
“They are authentic agents of change who have demonstrated in the most powerful way that children can move the world,” he added, adding that the award-winning campaign reminds him of “other great movements for the peace of history.”
March for Our Lives began as a demonstration call led by high school students in the wake of the commotion generated by the death of 17 people in a shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parkland High School in February. past.
Personally affected by the tragedy, the promoters demanded stricter policies regarding the sale of weapons to guarantee schools and communities free of the risks of this type of violence.
The movement has gained great support both in its country and in the rest of the world and, since then, its members have been busy with tours, talks and other pressure projects to achieve legislative changes in the United States.
March for Our Lives happens as the winner of this award to Mohamad Al Jounde, a young Syrian who in 2017 earned this recognition for his efforts to give access to education to refugee children.
The award is granted since 2005 to minors from all over the world who stand out in the fight for the defense of children’s rights.