19 Days Campaign Ambassadors


We are happy to present you our 19 Days Campaign Ambassadors who are leaders in advancing the Rights of the Child and creating a culture of prevention.

We are grateful for their support of the 19 Days campaign of activism.


 Ambassadors are presented starting from the latest


alex butchartDr. Alexander Butchart is the Prevention of Violence Coordinator in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. His responsibilities include coordinating the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention, the development of policy for the prevention of interpersonal violence, preparation of guidelines for the prevention of specific types of interpersonal violence, and the coordination of research into various aspects of interpersonal violence and its prevention. His postgraduate training includes a master's degree in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and a doctoral degree for work examining the history and sociology of western medicine and public health in southern Africa. Prior to joining WHO he worked mainly in Southern and East Africa, where he was lead scientist in the South African Violence and Injury Surveillance Consortium, and in collaboration with the Uganda-based Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa participated in training violence and injury prevention workers from a number of African countries. He has been a visiting scientist at the Swedish Karolinska Institutet's Division of Social Medicine, and is a widely published social scientist.


World Health Organization, Prevention of Violence




jzermatten2Jean Zermatten, was the fomer chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the former President and Dean of the Juvenile Court in the Valais (Swiss Canton), as well as the former President of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM). His longstanding commitment in favor of the enhancement of Swiss juvenile justice has been acknowledged through diverse awards such as  the 2009 F. K. Rünzi Foundation Prize and his nomination as Fribourg University Honorary Doctorate. Mr. Zermatten is also the Director of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child, which was founded in 1995 in Sion. The Institute remains one of the rare European institutions delivering Master's degrees in children's rights.

To know more: http://www.childsrights.org/html/index.html



 photo 3-m. namegabe-19 days amb. 2012Murhabazi Namegabe is a passionate and internationally renowned child rights activist based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this regard, he received the 2011 Children's Rights Prize, a Prize awarded each year by children from all over the world to people considered as child rights "Heroes". In 1992, Mr. Namegabe created the Bureau pour le Volontariat au servicede l'Enfance et de la Santé–BVES (Child and Health Volunteer Bureau). This NGO set up rehabilitation centers for children formerly involved in armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Namegabe's work was particularly acknowledged for his fight against the recruitment and use of children and for the direct negotiations carried out among some armed groups to ensure that they respect the rights of all children. Mr. Namegabe also participated in several visits to armed groups, helped refugee children and former combatants reunite with their families and promoted the right to education of these children.

To discover more about the BVES: http://www.bves-rdc.org/




Betty Makoni (BA Gens Hons) is a gender activist and a dedicated advocate for the rights of the child. Ms Makoni has become an icon and one of the most powerful leaders for prevention and rehabilitation of abused children in Zimbabwe and around the world. She received the WWSF Prize for women’s creativity in rural life in 2003 and is now the Founder and Director of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe (GCN) and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network World Wide, an organization that champions the rights of the girl child in Zimbabwe and world over. She holds two Bachelors of Arts Honours Degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. From 1999 to date, Betty Makoni has mobilised financial resources to build four Girls Empowerment Villages, a unique model that provides safe shelter, healing, and a future to sexually abused girls.

To learn more: http://muzvarebettymakoni.org