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Jenni Haukio, the First Lady of Finland, spoke at the launch event of the Tiny Stories campaign in Helsinki on 14 November, 2016.
Jenni Haukio, the First Lady of Finland, spoke at the launch event of the Tiny Stories campaign in Helsinki on 14 November, 2016.

President Sauli Niinistö has expressed his delight at the momentum gained by Tiny Stories, a campaign conceptualised for Unicef by his spouse, Jenni Haukio, to commemorate the upcoming Universal Children's Day.

“Jenni's idea to encourage authors to write tiny stories about children's rights seems to resonate with the media in the United States,” he writes on Facebook.

His post is accompanied by a link to a story about the campaign by the Associated Press, which has been picked up by both The New York Times and the Washington Post.

“Working with Unicef for more than a year is paying off: Paulo Coelho and many other prominent authors are already taking part,” rejoices Niinistö.

The week-long campaign allows authors, playwrights and poets to contribute stories of roughly seven lines in length on the theme: “What I want for every child”. The Finnish authors who have joined the global literary campaign include Laila Hirvisaari, Juha Itkonen, Katja Kettu, Tommi Kinnunen, Leena Lehtolainen and Salla Simukka. Overall, more than 220 writers from 45 countries have pulled out their pens and shared their wishes for the world's children.

Universal Children's Day is celebrated on 20 November, the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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