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Children Have Rights, Too

Actress, activist and ambassador, Lisa Surihani shares why she fights for children’s rights.

Yasmeen Kaoosji

Lisa Surihani was named UNICEF Malaysia’s National Ambassador in 2017, and has recently renewed her ambassadorship for another two years with the organisation. In April, she went on her first on ground mission with UNICEF to a Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

When asked how she came to work with the organisation, she shared that working with UNICEF had been a dream since she was a child herself, in high school. She came to join forces with UNICEF once she had more to offer as an adult. Lisa is now committed to the fight for children’s rights. “I ’m here to say that we need to listen to children. It is my honour to be able to amplify their voice ... to demand attention to what they have to say.”


Speaking about her experiences so far, she expressed her gratitude to UNICEF Malaysia for helping fulfill her childhood dream of working with the organisation, and said that she has grown since signing on two years ago. She had also shared that since becoming a mother of two, her passion for activism has deepened and she has taken to heart one of the key principles of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), which is acting in the ‘best interest of the child.’ It guides her decisions as a woman, as a mother, as a wife and as an actor. She is committed to fighting for the basic rights of children and raising awareness on the importance o

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