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Kailash Satyarthi        

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Child Rights’ Activist

Death threats, broken bones and ransacking won’t stop internationally acclaimed child’s rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi from his life’s mission: ending child slavery, poverty and illiteracy. In 1980, he left a lucrative career to bring these issues to the forefront of the global social and political stage—and subsequently rescued over 80,000 children from trafficking and bondage with his Save the Childhood Movement. Child friendly villages—approximately 350 across India—now exist because of Kailash Satyarthi. In these villages, children receive education, recreation and govern their own youth groups, giving them a way to take control over their own lives.

There are many more accomplishments speaker Kailash Satyarthi can be proud of: he organized the Global March Against Child Labor, across a jaw-dropping geographical span—103 countries. An estimated 7.2 million people—as well as 20,000 civil society organizations—joined the movement to create the largest-ever grassroots campaign on child labor. Recently, The Guardian profiled him as he rescued a girl and reunited her with her father after three years in bondage. Saving children from trafficking is par for the course for him, but so is educating the public. Kailash Satyarthi lectures on topics such as the right to free and mandatory education and the complicity of corporations in child labor—and how this injustice can be solved.

Articulate and soft spoken, Kailash Satyarthi draws on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi for strength as he continues his life’s work. His mission is not without danger: he has withstood brutal beatings and the deaths of colleagues by the hands of child traffickers. As a former electrical engineer and professor, he combines his philosophies and intelligence to bring justice to those who use children for nefarious means.

Kailash Satyarthi speaks for those who cannot. He created the first certification and labeling protocols for child labor-free carpets in South Asia—GoodWeave (formerly Rugmark). His work with the Global March Against Child Labor has led to the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Convention 182 to call for the elimination of the worst forms of child labor. Today, Kailash Satyarthi’s Global March is the largest alliance of civil society organizations and teacher and trade unions—all united in determination to end child labor and promote education. Kailash Satyarthi’s truly inspiring, unique stories and his incredible will provides hope to others that they, too, can enact social change around the world.

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The Global Movement Against Child Labor

The fact that modern-day slavery exists in this century is a shock to most people. According to Unicef, “nearly one in four children are engaged in work that is potentially harmful to their health” in the world’s poorest countries. The International Labour Organization states that there are an estimated 168 million children (in 2014, down from 171 million in 2000). The good news is that the numbers are dropping as more people find out and become involved and demand greater transparency in business practices and supply chains. In this eye-opening presentation, Kailash Satyarthi lectures on what government, corporations, the United Nations and the public can do to ensure a healthy, safe environment for workers, free of child labor.

Free and Compulsory Education is a Human Right

Every child should be given equal ground and a fair start to life, and one of Kailash Satyarthi’s main missions is to urge governments and organizations across the globe towards that goal. Low child education rates in certain parts of the world often reveal corresponding poverty conditions. For example, a family with disabled parents and able children in an impoverished area has only one means to earn an income—by taking the children out of school to support the family. However, Kailash Satyarthi believes that child labor perpetuates poverty, because children without an education never develop the skills to better themselves or their standards of living. So what can be done? He will discuss what he has personally seen, and what really works to construct real change. Audiences will leave inspired to take action in this riveting presentation.

Corporations and Child Labor: A Worldwide Issue

When a spotlight is shined on the supply chains of the world’s largest companies, they are forced to look deep into their sources and make change. A recent rescue by Kailash Satyarthi—and its ensuing exposé—brought to light the inequities involved in Assam’s tea industry. The child labor used in India is rampant, which is why Satyarthi remains vigilant in helping the children involved. In this talk, he speaks about how the demand for cheap labor fuels poverty and child labor, as well as what can be done to give the world’s children a hopeful future.

News


Need to make child labour non-bailable offence: Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi today said that there was a need to make child labour a non-bailable offence. The Centre and the state governments should give funds to organisations working in child labour sector as it was necessary to break the vicious circle of poverty, illiteracy and child labour, Satyarthi said.

Why Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Is Coming To Silicon Valley

Kailash Satyarthi, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, will travel to Silicon Valley for a two-day visit beginning May 6, where he will engage with the Indian Diaspora and leading local and Indian-American community leaders from the region.

Kailash Satyarthi- Man who led movement against child labour

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi gave up his job as an electrical engineer to dedicate himself to protecting and advancing child rights for over three decades now, freeing 80,000 child labourers and giving them new hope in life.

Who is Nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi?

Kailash Satyarthi was in his nondescript office in a scruffy, traffic-choked neighbourhood in south Delhi when he learned on Twitter that he had won the Nobel peace prize. Minutes later the 60-year-old activist received a call from the Nobel committee.

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi to Become First Indian to Get Harvard Humanitarian Honor

Kailash Satyarthi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his decadeslong campaign on children’s rights, will become the first Indian to be awarded the title of “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Harvard Foundation.

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