UNICEF envoy Angélique Kidjo spotlights rights of children in Benin
The singer and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo is touring her home country of Benin this week to raise awareness about the rights of children, spotlighting the importance of education and protection from exploitation and trafficking.
During her four-day trip, which began yesterday, Ms. Kidjo will take part in the launch of Benin’s girls’ education campaign, visit schools and meet with both women’s groups and child victims of human trafficking.
UNICEF said Ms. Kidjo’s trip is designed to help raise the awareness of decision-makers in Benin about the rights of children, particularly that girls need to attend school and complete their primary education. The visit should also highlight the importance of rehabilitating children who have been trafficked or exploited.
Ms. Kidjo, an internationally renowned singer and songwriter, became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in July 2002. Other ambassadors include the British soccer player David Beckham, the Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado, the American actress Jessica Lange, the Greek singer Nana Mouskouri and the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.