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Kailash Satyarthi (born 11 January 1954) is an Indian children's rights activist. He is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Global March Against Child Labour, Global Campaign for Education, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, and Rugmark now known as GoodWeave International.

Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi March 2015.jpg
Kailash in 2015
Born
Kailash Sharma[1][2]

(1954-01-11) 11 January 1954 (age 65)
Known forActivism for children's rights and children's education
Spouse(s)Mrs. Sumedha Kailash
ChildrenMs. Asmita Satyarthi (daughter), Mr. Bhuwan Ribhu (son)
AwardsNobel Peace Prize (2014)
The Aachener International Peace Prize, Germany (1994)
The Trumpeter Award (1995)
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1995)
De Golden Wimpel Award (1998)
La Hospitalet Award (1999)
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Award (1999)
Heroes acting to End Modern Day Slavery by US State Department (2007)
Alfonso Comin International Award (2008)
Medal of the Italian Senate (2007)
Defenders of Democracy Award (2009)
Harvard Humanitarian Award (2015)[3]

To date, Kailash Satyarthi and his team at Bachpan Bachao Andolan have liberated more than 87,000[4] children in India from child labour, slavery and trafficking. In 1998, Satyarthi conceived and led the Global March against Child Labour,[5] an 80,000 km-long march across 103 countries to put forth a global demand against worst forms of child labour. This became one of the largest social movements ever on behalf of exploited children. The demands of the marchers, which included children and youth (particularly the survivors of trafficking for forced labour, exploitation, sexual abuse, illegal organ transplants, armed conflict etc.) were reflected in the draft of the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The following year, the Convention was unanimously adopted at the ILO Conference in Geneva.

Kailash Satyarthi has been a member of a UNESCO body established with the goal of providing "Education for All" and has been on the board of the Fast Track Initiative (now known as the Global Partnership for Education). Satyarthi has also served on the board and committee of several international organisations including the Center for Victims of Torture (USA), the International Labor Rights Fund (USA), and the Cocoa Initiative.

Satyarthi was among Fortune magazine's "World's Greatest Leaders" in 2015[6] and featured in LinkedIn's Power Profiles List in 2017 and 2018.[7] His work has been recognized through various national and international honours and awards including the Nobel Peace Prize of 2014, which he shared with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan.

More recently, Satyarthi led a nationwide march, Bharat Yatra,[8] in India covering 19,000 km (12,000 mi) in 35 days, in demand for strong legislation against child rape, child sexual abuse and trafficking.

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Early lifeEdit

Satyarthi was born in Vidisha, a small town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in a middle class family. Satyarthi was the second child and had an elder brother. His father was a police constable (he retired subsequently as a Head Constable) and his mother was uneducated; still she was a housewife with high morals. As per Satyarthi, this exceptionally idealistic and helpful nature of his mother had a big impact on him. He grew in a locality (mohalla) which had Hindus and Muslims living amicably with each other, with a Hindu temple on one side and a Masjid on the other. As a four year old toddler, he first learnt to read Urdu from the maulvi at the neighboring mosque and subsequently learnt Hindi and English in school.[9]

Satyarthi's experiences when young with poverty and lack of school access for all children had a significant effect on him. [10] He made efforts when young to try to change these inequalities.[11][12] due to the circumstances of their birth.

He attended Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Vidhisha, and completed his degree in electrical engineering[13] at Samrat Ashok Technological Institute in Vidisha (then affiliated to Barkatullah University, now to Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya)[1][14][2] and a post-graduate degree in high-voltage engineering. He then joined a college in Bhopal as a lecturer for a few years.[15]

WorkEdit

 
Kailash Satyarthi

In 1980, Sathyarthi gave up his career as an electrical engineer and founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement) that year.[16][17] He conceived and led the Global March Against Child Labor[18] and its international advocacy body, the International Center on Child Labor and Education (ICCLE),[19] which are worldwide coalitions of NGOs, teachers and trades unionists.[20][21] He has also served as the President of the Global Campaign for Education, from its inception in 1999 to 2011, having been one of its four founders alongside ActionAid, Oxfam and Education International.[22]

In 1998 Satyarthi conceived and led the Global March against Child [5] Labour traversing across 103 countries covering 80,000 km with a demand for an International Law on Worst Forms of Child Labour. This eventually led to the adoption of ILO Convention No. 182 on worst forms of child labour.

In addition, he established GoodWeave International (formerly known as Rugmark) as the first voluntary labelling, monitoring and certification system of rugs manufactured without the use of child-labour in South Asia.[23][24][25] This first of its kind social labeling initiative in the late 1980s and early 1990s undertook focused campaigns on raising consumer awareness on issues relating to the accountability of global corporations with regard to socially responsible consumerism,trade and supply chains.[26] Satyarthi has highlighted child labour as a human rights issue as well as a welfare matter and charitable cause. He has argued that it perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, and other social problems,[27] and his claims have been supported by several studies.[28][29] He has also had a role in linking the movement against child labour with efforts for achieving "Education for All".[30] He has been a member of a UNESCO body established to examine this and has been on the board of the Fast Track Initiative (now known as the Global Partnership for Education).[31] Satyarthi has served on the board and committee of several international organisations including the Center for Victims of Torture (USA), the International Labor Rights Fund (USA), and the International Cocoa Foundation. He brought child labour and slavery into the post-2015 development agenda for the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.[32]

Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 "for the struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".[33] Satyarthi is the first natural born Indian Nobel Peace Laureate.

 
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Picture taken at the press conference the day before they received the Nobel Peace Prize 2014.

OrganisationEdit

  • Bachpan Bachao Andolan was founded by Satyarthi in 1980[34] as a mass movement to create a child friendly society where all children are free from exclusion and exploitation and receive free education. The movement has engaged itself in identifying, liberating, rehabilitating and educating children in servitude through direct intervention, community participation, partnerships and coalitions, promoting ethics in trade, unionizing workers, running campaigns on issues such as education, trafficking, forced labour, ethical trade, and by building child friendly villages.[35]
 
PM Modi meets Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
  • Satyarthi established GoodWeave International (formerly known as Rugmark) a network of non-profit organizations dedicated to ending illegal child labour in the rug making industry which provided the first voluntary labelling, monitoring and certification system of rugs manufactured without the use of child labour in South Asia. This latter organisation operated a campaign in Europe and the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the intent of raising consumer awareness of the issues relating to the accountability of global corporations with regard to socially responsible consumerism and trade. Rugmark International re-branded the certification program and introduced the GoodWeave label in 2009. The organization was also re-branded to GoodWeave International. Today the international network comprises producing country offices in India, Nepal and Afghanistan and consumer country programs in the US, UKand Germany.
  • In 1998 Satyarthi conceived and led one of the largest civil society movements Global March Against Child Labour [36] traversing across 103 countries covering 80,000 km with a demand for an International Law on Worst Forms of Child Labour. This eventually led to the adoption of ILO Convention No. 182 on worst forms of child labour which was formally adopted in 1999 and went on to become the fastest ratified convention in the history of ILO.
 
President Obama greets a young girl who was the guest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi
  • The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF), was established in 2004 by Satyarthi. It is a grassroots organisation that to spread awareness about child issues and be a policy advocate. The foundation is the global umbrella for KSCF India and KSCF, USA.[37]
  • Satyarthi formed the Global Campaign for Education, and was made the organisation’s president at its inception in 1999.[38] Global Campaign for Education is an international coalition of non-governmental organizations, working to promote children's and adult education through research and advocacy. It was formed in 1999 as a partnership between NGOs that were separately active in the area, including Action Aid, Oxfam, Education International, Global March Against Child Labour and national organizations in Bangladesh, Brazil and South Africa.[39]

Bharat YatraEdit

The Bharat Yatra, was launched by KSCF to spread awareness about child trafficking and sexual abuse. Launched in Kanyakumari on September 11, 2017 by Kailash Satyarthi, this campaign marched through seven routes covering 22 Indian states and Union Territories, and over 12,000 km. The campaign was aimed at starting a social dialogue about child sexual abuse and child trafficking, hitherto taboo issues in India, in order to protect children vulnerable within their homes, communities, schools.The campaign collaborated with 5,000 civil society organisations, more than 60 Indian faith leaders, 500 Indian political leaders, 600 local, state and national bodies of the Indian government, 300 members of the Indian judiciary, and 25,000 educational institutions across India.

Bharat Yatra saw the participation of more than 1,200,000 marchers over 35 days and led to Criminal Law Amendment Act 2018 with strict deterrent against child rape. The Yatra also resulted in the Anti-Human Trafficking Bill being passed by the 16th Lok Sabha. [40]

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in New Delhi, India. His family includes his wife, a son, daughter-in-law, a grandson, daughter and a son-in-law.[41][42]

Awards and honoursEdit

Satyarthi has been the subject of a number of documentaries, television series, talk shows, advocacy and awareness films.[43] In September 2017 India Times listed Satyarthi as one of the 11 Human Rights Activists Whose Life Mission Is To Provide Others With A Dignified Life[44] Satyarthi has been awarded the following national and international honours:

Reception in IndiaEdit

The India legal system had only recently made it illegal to employ any child below the age of 14.[63] The law was questioned by Livemint, a financial newspaper from India, said such a law would make child labour go underground, and cause reduced wages.[64]

BooksEdit

  • (2018) बदलाव के बोल, by Kailash Satyarthi; Prabhat Prakashan. ISBN 9789352664863.
  • (2017) Will for Children, by Kailash Satyarthi; Prabhat Prakashan. ISBN 9789386300355.
  • (2016) आज़ाद बचपन की ओर, by Kailash Satyarthi; Prabhat Prakashan. ISBN 9789351867265.
  • Satyarthi, Kailash; Zutshi, Bupinder (2006). Globalisation, Development And Child Rights. New Delhi: Shipra Publications. ISBN 9788175412705.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize
2014
With: Malala Yousafzai
Succeeded by
Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet