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Zimbabwean Woman Awarded Children's Prize


A girls' rights advocate from Zimbabwe has been named winner of the annual World's Children Prize for the Rights of the Child.

Betty Makoni was recognized for her work protecting girls and young women from sexual abuse, assault, forced marriage and trafficking.

The Swedish organization sponsoring the award says the winner is decided by a jury of 15 children who have been exposed to child labor, war or poverty.

Makoni also was given the Global Friend's Award, which is voted on by millions of children around the world.

Burma's Cynthia Maung and India's Inderjit Khurana will receive honorary awards for their work for children's rights in Asia.

The three will split a 140,000 dollar prize that will be awarded Monday in Sweden.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and AP.

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