The 2018 International Children’s Peace Prize nominees

Jutomue

Liberia, 17 years
Nominated by YOCEL

Issues: ViolenceChild Participation

2018 Children's Peace Prize nominee Jutomue

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Jutomue's story

Jutomue, 17, speaks out for the underprivileged children of Liberia. He has campaigned during the country’s turbulent electoral periods for peace and protection of children. He has witnessed and experienced the devastating injustices suffered by children during this time, including child abuse and violence, child rape and the conscription of child soldiers. Jutomue campaigns against children being forced into child labor or prostitution in order to support themselves and their families. In 2017, Jutomue also lobbied against the decision of the Liberian Senate to amend rape law, making it a bailable offense. He publicly called upon the Senate to make the court accessible and provide rape victims with proper medical attention and protection. In the future he wants to work for the UN or a foreign agency to continue advocating for the rights of children, young people and women, and he wants to create a children’s parliament to empower the children of Liberia.

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