India’s Kailash Satyarthi wins Nobel Peace prize 2014

Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 on Friday shared with Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafsai who was shot by the Taliban.

Kailash Satyarthi gave up his career as an electrical engineer over three decades ago to start Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Childhood Movement. Today the non-profit organization he founded is leading the movement to eliminate child trafficking and child labor in India.

In 2011 Kailash Satyarthi in an interview to Wall Street Journal told his inspiration behind Bachpan Bachao Andolan as he knew right from the beginning that child labor is not just a technical or legal issue and also not merely an economic issue. It’s a combination of several things. It’s a deep-rooted social evil and to wipe it out we have to build a strong movement. Bachpan Bachao Andolan has never been a typical NGO [non-governmental organization] but it has emerged as a movement over a period of time.

 

 

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