Nicholas Nikiforou, a 12 year old activist will be the honoured recipient of the Children’s Rights Defenders Award in Cyprus by the CRC Policy Centre, Hope for Children.
Nik was born with a pre-cancerous large congenital melanocytic nevus that covered two-thirds of his face.
After it was removed, it left him with scarring on his face. He is considered ‘disfigured’ under the ‘Disabilities Act’.
This is a term that he disagrees with and is fighting for facial equality. As part of his campaigning, Nicholas prints his own art pieces onto thousands of cards and physically hands them out to the public to advocate for kindness, diversity and equality. He also talks in the media about facial equality and runs a YouTube channel.
We have a very humbling announcement to make.
Nik has been notified that he will be the honoured recipient of the ‘Childrens Rights Defender Award’ in Cyprus.
An amazing special award to commemorate the work Nik does day in day out for all with emphasis on #humanrights #love pic.twitter.com/1LYBp25aBg
— Nik (@nicktubechannel) July 4, 2019
In May, Nik was nominated for the ‘Positive Role Model’ award in the UK’s National Diversity Awards 2019.