A Nobel Peace Prize recipient in 2014, Kailash Satyarthi is a children's rights activist and founder of ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’, ‘Global March Against Child Labour’, ‘Global Campaign for Education’, ‘Kailash Satyarthi's Children Foundation’, and ‘Good Weave International’.
One of the strongest leaders and the loudest voice in the global fight against the exploitation of children, he along with his team have liberated more than 88,000 children from child labour, slavery, and trafficking at ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’.
A member of a UNESCO body established with the goal of providing "Education for All”, he has been on the board of the Global Partnership for Education and has also served on the board and committee of several international organizations including the ‘Center for Victims of Torture’, the ‘International Labor Rights Fund’, and the ‘Cocoa Initiative’.
He recently led a nationwide march, ‘Bharat Yatra', demanding strong legislation against child rape, child sexual abuse, and trafficking. He had previously led the 'Global March Against Child Labour' across 103 countries to put forth a global demand against forms of child labour in 1998 which became one of the largest social movements ever on behalf of exploited children.
As one of the rare civil society leaders, he has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, International Labour Conference, UN Human Rights Commission, UNESCO, and parliamentary Hearings and Committees in several countries across the globe.
In the wake of a brutal gang rape and murder of 'Nirbhaya', he played a vital role in steering the Indian Civil Society with a conspicuous demand for amendments in the Indian Criminal Law to counter Rape and Gender Based Violence that eventually led to the promulgation of Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013.
Awards and Accomplishments
Awards and Accomplishments
Satyarthi was named one of the 11 Human Rights Activists whose life mission is to provide others with a dignified life by India Times in September 2017. Among many other honours, Kailash Satyarthi has received the ‘Parliamentarians for Global Action’ (PGA) ‘Defender of Democracy’ Award, the ‘Robert F Kennedy Human Rights’ Award (USA), the ‘Medal of the Italian Senate’, and the ‘Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Human Rights’ Award (Germany).
Satyarthi has received these honours in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of human rights. His life and work have received extensive coverage in national and international media. He was among Fortune Magazine’s ‘World Greatest Leaders’ list in 2015 and featured in Linkedln’s ‘Power Profiles’ list in 2017 and 2018.
Why Kailash Satyarthi ?
His unrelenting efforts toward uplifting the exploited children and ensuring holistic development and empowerment across the globe have resulted in numerous awards and accolades nationally and internationally.