South African teen raises her voice on behalf of children…and the UN

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Lathitha Beyile, 14, from South Africa was an honourary UN Spokesperson on World Children's Day in November. Photo: UN/Liz Scaffidi

A South African teenager was at the UN recently to raise her voice for children everywhere, particularly on the issues of education, child labour and gender inequality.

Lathitha Beyile from Soweto read a manifesto she had written which was inspired by children in her country.

The 14-year-old also served as a guest UN spokesperson during the daily briefing for journalists at the Secretariat: part of the events celebrating World Children's Day in November, which saw children "take over" high-visibility roles in media, politics, business and sports and entertainment.

Lathitha took a few moments between her UN engagements to talk to Liz Scaffidi.

Duration: 3'43"

 

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