Nicholas Nikiforou, a 12 year old activist received on Thursday the Children’s Rights Defenders Award in Cyprus by the CRC Policy Centre, Hope for Children.
Nik travelled from the UK to Nicosia, where he was presented with the award by House President Demetris Syllouris at the EU House.
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.
In May, Nik was nominated for the ‘Positive Role Model’ award in the UK’s National Diversity Awards 2019.