MTV Latin America has recognized the Costa Rican sensation, Debi Nova, with the “Chiuku” award for her active participation in the World Youth Conference and her continuing collaboration with UNIFEM.  The special award presentation was held yesterday at the closing event of the WYC in the city of Leon, Mexico.

“I want to start by thanking the UNiTE Campaign, UNIFEM and MTV for inviting me to this event. The subject of violence against gender has a personal meaning to me and because of this, I did not hesitate to participate and raise my voice to help eradicate this problem,” said Nova to more than 3,000 people composed mainly of youth leaders from Mexico and from around the world, including approximately 200 media outlets, United Nations representatives, Youth Non-Government Agencies and government dignitaries.

Nova spoke as a part of the “closing event concert” which closed the day where the topic was Violence Against Women. She performed two songs acoustically, one of which was “Need To Be Loved” a song she wrote about loving yourself so you can give back to those around you. “I want to inspire with my strength and be an example.  You can get out of violent situations, overcome the obstacles and turn the pain into something positive that can grow and flourish,” said Nova.

During the closing ceremony Nova received the “Chiuku,” an award that recognizes those “Agents of Change” who are committed to the betterment of their communities and use their influence to become a catalyst for effecting change and spreading their message all over the world.  Past recipients include: Kudai, Cobra Starship, DJ David Guetta, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio, Wisin & Yandel, 50 Cent, Calle 13, Backstreet Boys, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, and Juan Pablo Montoya, amongst others.

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