Kailash Satyarthi

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Date of Birth January 11, 1954
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Age 66 years old
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Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian social reformer who campaigned against child labour in India and advocated the universal right to education. In 2014, he was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Malala Yousafzai, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." He is the founder of multiple social activist organizations, including Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Global March Against Child Labour, Global Campaign for Education and Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation. Kailash Satyarthi and his team at Bachpan Bachao Andolan have liberated more than 88,000 children in India from child labour, slavery and trafficking. In 1998, Satyarthi conceived and led the Global March against Child Labour, 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.

Born: Kailash Sharma, January 11, 1954, Vidisha, Madhya Bharat, India (present-day Madhya Pradesh)
Alma mater: Barkatullah University (B.E, M.E.)
Known for: Activism for children's rights and children's education
Spouse(s): Sumedha Satyarthi
Awards: Nobel Peace Prize (2014), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1995)
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About Kailash Satyarthi

Famous as the founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (English translation: Save the Childhood Movement), this Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist fought to protect tens of thousands of children worldwide from being forced to labor for long hours under dangerous working conditions.

Before Fame

After earning an electrical engineering degree from India's Samrat Ashok Technological Institute, he pursued a career as a teacher. In the early 1980s, he began his activism work as a member of the Bonded Labor Liberation Front.

Achievement

In the mid-1990s, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. He later established the Global Campaign for Education and served as the organization's first president.

Family Life

A native of Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, India, he later settled in New Delhi with his wife and two children.

Associations

He and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Latest information about Kailash Satyarthi updated on October 19, 2020.

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