Virender Sehwag, Belgian Royal couple team up for child rights
Virender Sehwag has supported an initiative by UNICEF that aims to promote sports in safe environment among children, irrespective of their background or ability. Sehwag welcomed the Belgian Royal couple King Philippe and Queen Mathilde for a game of cricket at the Oval Maidan.cricket Updated: Nov 10, 2017 23:17 IST
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium who are on a week-long visit to India, on Friday played cricket with children of Mumbai and cricketer Virender Sehwag to support children’s right to play and learn.
The Royal couple and Sehwag played a cricket match with boys and girls from two Mumbai schools at the Oval Maidan.
“No matter the country we live in, we have to ensure that children grow up in a safe family environment. We need to protect girls and boys from all kind of violence and harmful practises and prevent child maltreatment,” a UNICEF release quoted the Queen as saying on the occasion.
TTMM the King and the Queen of the Belgians are at the Oval Maidan with Cricketer @virendersehwag, for a #cricket demonstration with @UNICEFIndia. Did you know that India's favourite sport 🏏 is said to have originated in Flanders, Belgium? 😉 #BELIND2017 🇧🇪🇮🇳🇺🇳 pic.twitter.com/R68Sl2IayG— Belgium in India (@BelgiuminIndia) November 10, 2017
“As a UN Special Advocate, I attach importance to the Right to Education for all children,” she said.
“It is high time we empower our women and girls, and sports is a wonderful way of doing so,” Sehwag said.
Sehwag also presented King Philippe with an autographed bat.
The Queen had a closed-door meeting with school children from Maharashtra who discussed personal safety, the importance of life skills and adolescent empowerment, especially the empowerment of girls and prevention of child marriage, the release said.
Every boy 👦 & girl 👧 irrespective of ability or background have the right to play #sport in a safe & healthy environment: @virendersehwag as he talks about #cricket🏏 with Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians#BELIND2017 @MonarchieBe @BelgiuminIndia @UNICEFBELGIE pic.twitter.com/v5IW01sHIQ— UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) November 10, 2017
“Child marriage negatively influences children’s rights to education, health and protection. These consequences especially impact the girl directly, but also her family and community,” she said.
The Queen also launched a song about hand-washing. Coordinated by the University of Hasselt in collaboration with Belgian students and volunteers, the song will serve as a creative tool to generate awareness around the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission in India, the release said.
The royal couple is in India on a state visit from November 5 to 11.