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The National Children’s Forum

Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula  is codirector of the National Children’s Forum, a UNICEF-supported training program in Niger. In the national capital last December, the forum drew 161 young people from all parts of the country for three days of meetings with political leaders, researchers, journalists, and UN staff.

“Children from all backgrounds came together in this first-of-its-kind initiative,” Halima writes, “with support from civil society and the media, at a time when the country is at a crossroads between military rule and a democratically elected regime.”