The 17-year-old outspoken student Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam has been invited to speak at the United Nations Children’s Fund, Inspire Conference.
Ain made headlines for releasing a video on TikTok speaking up against her teacher who made rape jokes in class, also started the online #MakeSchoolASaferPlace movement. She will speak at the Unicef virtual event which be held from Nov 1 – 5.
The incident also forced Malaysians to take notice of a topic that is brushed aside for being petty. Many spoke out against it and called out for comprehensive sexuality education in order to protect children.
In a Facebook post by her father, it was stated that she will be joining Dr Najat Maalla M’jid, who is the special representative of the UN secretary-general as a panelist on Oct 30.
Ain is expected to present views and suggestions on children’s rights in Malaysia, ranging from access to quality education, improving safety at schools and mental wellbeing.
A total seven representatives from East Asia and Pacific countries were selected, including Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
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The discussion will take place on Zoom and will also be shared live on Facebook.
Hopefully, with the space and opportunity provided, this will open a more dynamic future to the process of adapting to the post-pandemic changes of Covid-19 for all, especially children, he added.
INSPIRE was launched alongside the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children in 2016. It is a set of seven evidence-based strategies for countries and communities working to eliminate violence against children and serves as a technical package and guidebook for implementing effective, comprehensive programming to combat violence.
The seven strategies are: Implementation and enforcement of laws; Norms and values; Safe environments; Parent and caregiver support; Income and economic strengthening; Response and support services; and Education and life skills.