Kailash Satyarthi is a human rights activist from India, born in Vidisha near Bhopal on January 11, 1954. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Govt Engineering College, Vidisha. At the age of 26 he gave up a well-paid career of an Electrical Engineer for initiating campaign against Save Childhood Movement.
Kailash Satyarthi is the founder of the non-profit organization ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ and this organisation is leading the movement to eliminate child trafficking and child labour in India for last 30 years. He has commanded the rescue of over 78,500 child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation over these years .
In addition to Bachpan Bachao Andolan, he has founded led the ‘Global Campaign for Education’ and the ‘Rugmark Foundation’ now known as ‘Goodweave’.
Rugmark is an international consortium of independent bodies from a dozen carpet exporting and importing countries, which take part in a voluntary social labeling initiative to ensure that rugs have not been produced with child labor. In order to earn the GoodWeave label, rug exporters and importers must be licensed under the GoodWeave certification program and sign a legally binding contract to adhere to the no-child-labor standard.
Mr Satyarthi is also the Chair of another world body ‘International Center on Child Labor and Education’ (ICCLE) in Washington, D.C. This is another nonprofit organization for the rights of all children to receive free meaningful education.
Today, Kailash heads up the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children called ‘Global March Against Child Labour’. This is a conglomeration of 2000 plus social-purpose organizations and trade unions in 140 countries.
“The Global March Against Child Labour’ is a movement to marshal worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free, meaningful education and to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.”
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