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Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
December 15, 2016

In the historic launch of Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign, thousands of children and youth marched down from the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in New Delhi. The visually arresting March, marked the culmination of the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit, helmed by Sh. Satyarthi.

WillForChildren
December 15, 2016

Two hundred years ago reformers came together to abolish the slavery trade. Yet, we have come once again to abolish modern day slavery, and make a compassionate and child friendly world, where every child is free, safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

Governance Now
July 28, 2016

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 has been passed by the Lok Sabha and is expected to be notified soon. Child rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi spoke to Yogesh Rajput on how effective the new bill would be and what more is needed to protect children. 

How do you assess this new law, expected to arrive soon, in preventing child labour?

ABP News
July 27, 2016

नई दिल्ली: नोबेल पुरस्कार विजेता कैलाश सत्यार्थी ने बाल श्रम विधेयक को बच्चों के लिए खोया हुआ अवसर बताया है. सत्यार्थी ने कहा कि उन्हें उम्मीद थी कि नेता अपने वोटों से कहीं ज़्यादा स्वतंत्रता और बचपन को अहमियत देंगे.

The Indian Express
July 26, 2016

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi today termed as “a missed opportunity” for the country’s children the passage of Child Labour Bill in Lok Sabha, saying he had hoped that the leaders would have valued the freedom and childhood much greater than their votes.

“Child Labour Bill is a missed opportunity for the country’s children. I was hoping that today the leaders of the country would value that the freedom and childhood is much greater than the value of your votes,” he told PTI.

Morung Express
July 23, 2016

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Kailash Satyarthi has been a campaigner for child rights nationally and internationally for three decades. His Bachpan Bachao Andolan has had particular focus on freeing children who are forced into exploitative labour or servitude.

His work has been amply recognised and honoured, particularly internationally. In 2014, Satyarthi shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan.

While top awards have crowned his efforts, they have not capped them. His campaign against child labour continues.

The Huffington Post
July 20, 2016

The upper house of the Indian Parliament has just passed the much awaited Child Labour Amendment Bill. If the Lok Sabha also clears this bill, we will not see an end to child labour any time soon.

It's always good to walk a few more miles but we should not celebrate unless we have reached our destination.

The Asian Age
July 20, 2016

Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi on Thursday expressed his apprehensions over excluding children engaged in “home-based work” from ambit of the amended Child Labour Bill and said it will change very little on the ground.

The Asahi Shimbun
July 5, 2016

In rescuing an estimated 85,000 victims of trafficking, slavery and child labor, Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi has risked his life and been severely beaten.

Satyarthi, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 with Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan for their fight against the exploitation of children, isn't afraid to put his life on the line.

“I prefer to die lying on the ground for a worthy cause instead of dying in bed,” said Satyarthi, 62. “We all die sooner or later. The greater the peril, the greater the gain.”

The Economic Times
June 15, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, US: Seeking to globalise compassion, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi plans to launch a major initiative that will enlist support of other Nobel prize winners and world leaders for the cause of neglected and abused children. 

'The Laureates and Leaders Initiative for Children' will be initiated by the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation which aims to bring Nobel laureates from all disciplines and not just the Peace Prize winners as well as world leaders together to use their "moral authority" for children's rights and fight against child slavery and trafficking. 

The Economic Times
June 15, 2016

NEW DELHI: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi today lauded the government for "stronger" policy framework on bonded labour while pointing to the need of speedy completion of judicial process and payments for rescued children. 

"We heartily welcome the new rules for revamped scheme by the government of India for rehabilitation of bonded labourers which has raised the rehabilitation assistance from Rs 20,000 to Rs 3 lakh," Satyarthi said. 

The Economic Times
June 15, 2016

Nobel Laureate and child activist Kailash Satyarthi urged entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley to unite for the cause of children in his keynote address at the TiECON 2016. 

Held at the Santa Clara Convention hall in San Jose earlier this month, Satyarthi said, "This is the valley of leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation and disruption. If we join them together, we can give children a chance to be able to enjoy their childhood and get an education. This is the purpose of my visit to the Silicon Valley," he said. 

The Financial Express
June 15, 2016

Big corporations must do more to clean up their supply chains and ensure that there is no child labour involved in the products which they manufacture and sell...

The Huffington Post
June 15, 2016

The city of Istanbul in Turkey will witness an important development this week. For the first time ever, the international community will come together here for the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May, 2016, to discuss the serious humanitarian crisis that the world is facing.

The American Bazaar
June 9, 2016

Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi presided over the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, organized under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

The three-day meet celebrated the struggle and vision of Satyarthi, the first Indian to preside over the Forum. It concentrated extensively on his work and achievements in the field of child rights, according to a press release.

The Star Tribune
June 3, 2016

The worldwide political environment is increasingly more inward-looking than internationalist, more angry than empathetic. So the theme of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum — “globalizing compassion” — is a welcome counternarrative.

The forum, the only event the Norwegian Nobel Institute holds outside of Norway, runs from Monday through Wednesday at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. Among many notable speakers will be honored laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who along with Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Economic Times
May 26, 2016

Nobel Laureate and child activist Kailash Satyarthi urged entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley to unite for the cause of children in his keynote address at the TiECON 2016.

 Held at the Santa Clara Convention hall in San Jose earlier this month, Satyarthi said, "This is the valley of leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation and disruption. If we join them together, we can give children a chance to be able to enjoy their childhood and get an education. This is the purpose of my visit to the Silicon Valley," he said. 

Aol.
May 25, 2016

ISTANBUL, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world must give urgent attention to children caught up in conflict, disasters or exploitation, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Monday, and leave no child behind.

Children make up about half of the rising numbers of people affected by war and natural disasters, and there are many more who are caught up in forced labor or slavery, Satyarthi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

News Ghana
May 20, 2016

The United Nations organized summit aims to set a new agenda for global humanitarian action, focusing on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in crises.

Indiawest<
May 12, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The most poignant moment of the two-day TiE 2016 conference, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center May 6 and 7, came during the final hours on the second day of the convention. 

Peninsula Press
May 10, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi called for the large Indian community in the Bay Area to take the lead and contribute to the cause of eliminating child slavery in India, as well as around the world, during a local event on May 7. Referring to the “academic wealth” of the community, Satyarthi said the Indian populace in the region could play a major role for promoting the welfare of children.

Frobes
May 4, 2016

Kailash Satyarthi, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, will travel to Silicon Valley for a two-day visit beginning May 6, where he will engage with the Indian Diaspora and leading local and Indian-American community leaders from the region.

The Indian Express
May 4, 2016

The child rights activist said the drought across 10 states had led to rampant child marriage, child labour and kidnapping of children.

The Economics Times
May 4, 2016

NEW DELHI: Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to the prime minister of India to prioritise children and ensure they are not trafficked, forced into marriage or put into bonded labour as the country reels from its worstdrought in decades.

The Huffington Post
April 18, 2016

The last year has seen such blatant violations of children’s rights that instead of being shocked the international community has sadly begun to accept these abuses as normal.

Hindustan Times
April 4, 2016

Kailash Satyarthi moves from triumphant to sheepish in seconds. He is triumphant while talking about his address to Brazil’s Parliament, an address that stopped a dilution of the strong child labour law there. He is sheepish when you ask him if gets a similar response in India. He chuckles, and extends a soft hand.

The Hindu
April 1, 2016

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has suggested that the central government take child labour issues seriously if it wants ‘Make in India’ to become a success and want global investors to invest in the country.

NDTV
March 12, 2016

KOLKATA:  The Indian economy can clock an addition of four per cent in the growth rate if everyone is educated over the next 10 years, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said in Kolkata today.

NDTV
March 5, 2016

NEW DELHI:  Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi is on a mission to make sure the amendments to the Anti-Child Labour law introduced this week in Parliament do not go through.

NDTV
March 4, 2016

NEW DELHI:  Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi is on a mission to make sure the amendments to the Anti-Child Labour law introduced this week in Parliament do not go through.

The Economic Times
February 24, 2016

KOLKATA: Appealing to the Government of India for a greater budgetary allocation for the protection, education and health of the children, Nobel laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, on Saturday said , "the money, government spends on children is dismal". Satyarthi was here in the city to attend three programmes including the annual convocation of WB NUJS.

Times of India
February 19, 2016

Mumbai: Less than 4% of the country's budget is spent on 41% of its population under the age of 18. With the Union Budget around the corner, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi hopes that's something the government will soon rectify. While the ministry of woman and child development had its budgets slashed last year, Satyarthi says he will be upset if the government does not allocate enough funds for its youth and children this time round.

IBN Live
February 15, 2016

Jaipur: Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi plans to launch this year his most ambitious campaign against child labour "100 million to 100 million" and "a biggest moral platform" that would be a very deep and effective approach to raise the voice of the children world over.

He said he would be engaging young adults for his "100 million to 100 million" campaign that would be launched online as well as offline.

Rome Reports
February 11, 2016
Pope Francis and Kailash Satyarthi greeted each other, as is customary in Hindu culture, by joining their palms together, a salutation known as "Namaskar.”    One would think that crowds outside of St. Peter's Square were screaming for their favorite musician or a famous movie star. Instead, they are cheering for a different type of celebrity.   
Governance Now
December 28, 2015

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ANI
December 24, 2015

New Delhi, Dec. 22 (ANI): Welcoming the Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Nobel Peace Laureate and child rights' champion Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday hailed it as "a major legislative reform measure towards holistic child protection and development".

Hindustan Times
November 26, 2015

If the Centre clears the proposed amendment to reduce the list of hazardous fields that cannot employ children from 83 to 3, it would be difficult to rescue even a single child, warned child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Daily Mail
November 26, 2015

Thousands of children working as domestic help and in bonded labour cannot be rescued if the proposed amendments to the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act are passed by the Parliament, child rights organisations fear.

 

Live Mint
November 12, 2015

We were expecting that India, a fast growing economy, will invest in its children, says Nobel Prize winner

The Hindu
November 9, 2015

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Saturday made a fervent plea to leaders of all political parties to immediately pass the pending Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill in Parliament that is seeking a complete ban on all forms of child labour in the country.

The Times of India
November 2, 2015

MUMBAI: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Friday said intolerance is on the rise and there is a "dialogue deficit" between the government and its people.

"There is significant intolerance in our society. Not only intolerance but fear and apathy has also risen in the society at large which is dividing it.

"This situation is prevailing because there is dialogue deficit between the government and some sections of the society, which should be resolved as soon as possible," Satyarthi said on the sidelines of an event held at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) here.

The Huffington Post
November 2, 2015

Mumbai -- Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Friday that intolerance is on the rise and there is a "dialogue deficit" between the government and its people.

"There is significant intolerance in our society. Not only intolerance but fear and apathy has also risen in the society at large which is dividing it.

The Indian Express
October 20, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has been conferred with Harvard University’s prestigious humanitarian award for this year, in recognition of his continuing contribution to the cause of child rights.

The annual award by the prestigious university is given to an individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of lives and have inspired us to greater heights. Satyarthi is the first Indian to have been given this award.

Times of India
October 20, 2015

WASHINGTON: Harvard University's prestigious 'Humanitarian of the Year' award has gone to Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, in recognition of his continuing contribution to the cause of children's rights and abolition of child slavery. 

Satyarthi is the first Indian to get this honor. 

"I humbly accept the award on behalf of millions of left-out children, for whose rights we strive to work for. Let us all pledge together to eradicate child slavery from the world," the activist said in his acceptance speech yesterday. 

The Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2015

Kailash Satyarthi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his decadeslong campaign on children’s rights, will become the first Indian to be awarded the title of “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Harvard Foundation.

Mr. Satyarthi will receive the award on Friday during a ceremony hosted at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass.

The Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2015

Kailash Satyarthi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his decadeslong campaign on children’s rights, will become the first Indian to be awarded the title of “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Harvard Foundation.

Mr. Satyarthi will receive the award on Friday during a ceremony hosted at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass.

NDTV
October 19, 2015

WASHINGTON:  Indian Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has been selected for the prestigious Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award, it was announced on Wednesday.

The annual award by the prestigious Harvard University is given to an individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of lives and have inspired us to greater heights.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on October 16, at the Harvard University, a press statement said.

The Hindu
October 12, 2015
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have understood that without child development, human development is impossible.
CCTV America
October 7, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has dedicated his entire life to ending child labor and child trafficking.
35 years ago, he set up the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement) and has rescued over 85,000 children globally.

Satyarthi is also the head of The Global March Against Childhood Labor which represents 2,000 social groups in 140 countries.

CCTV’s Shraysi Tandon sat down with Satyarthi and they talk about the issue of child labor and child trafficking.

PTI
September 28, 2015

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Saturday made a strong call to world leaders to give priority to child-related Sustainable Development Goals in their national legislation, warning that the international community will "fail" to accomplish most of the goals if child labour and violence against children continues.

Reuters
September 27, 2015

ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world must give urgent attention to children caught up in conflict, disasters or exploitation, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Monday, and leave no child behind.

Children make up about half of the rising numbers of people affected by war and natural disasters, and there are many more who are caught up in forced labour or slavery, Satyarthi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Times of India
September 23, 2015

NEW DELHI: When global leaders gather in New York later next week to discuss and adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), child slavery will form an important part of those goals. 

The Washington Post
June 19, 2015

The story begins like a nightmarish fairy tale.

A newlywed couple is lured away, along with fellow villagers, and imprisoned in a remote brick factory. They work as slaves for 17 years, never leaving the grounds, bearing children who also become slaves.

Reuters
June 1, 2015

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments must address human trafficking and slavery in a global development pact later this year, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Monday, warning that the credibility of humanity was at stake if countries failed to deliver.

United Nations member states aim to agree in September a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- targets for making progress and reducing inequality in areas such as poverty, health, education, women's rights and climate change by 2030.

Reuters
June 1, 2015

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments must address human trafficking and slavery in a global development pact later this year, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Monday, warning that the credibility of humanity was at stake if countries failed to deliver.

United Nations member states aim to agree in September a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- targets for making progress and reducing inequality in areas such as poverty, health, education, women's rights and climate change by 2030.

The Guardian
May 12, 2015

To mark the refresh of our child rights and business hub, we’ve compiled a list of who’s tweeting on the issues we’ll be covering

Twitter list: nine top tweeters on business and child rights To mark the refresh of our child rights and business hub, we’ve compiled a list of who’s tweeting on the issues we’ll be covering We’ve compiled a list of the top tweeters around the child rights issues we’ll be covering. Have we missed someone off this list? Add your suggestion in the comments thread below.

 

Harvard Business Review
May 9, 2015

I have always been fascinated by the question: How can for-profit corporations innovate to solve the world’s toughest challenges? My passion for this topic was formed at a very early age. Growing up in India, I realized that the country has too few resources to confront its many challenges; the only way India can hope to solve its problems is through innovation.

Harvard Business Review
May 1, 2015

Social entrepreneurship has emerged over the past several decades as a way to identify and bring about potentially transformative societal change. A hybrid of government intervention and pure business entrepreneurship, social ventures can address problems that are too narrow in scope to spark legislative activism or to attract private capital.

The Huffington Post
April 22, 2015

Can we really call ourselves civilised when 168 million children are child labourers out of which 85 million are engaged in seriously hazardous work?

A few days ago I attended the international launch of the Global Monitoring Report on Education for All goals. This is the annual report card of the governments and international community on their performance in delivering education. This time around the report spells out the achievements and challenges faced during the period 2000-2015.

Fortune
March 26, 2015

These ­extraordinary men and women are transforming business, govern­ment, philanthropy, and so much more.

Though overshadowed by last year’s other recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Satyarthi has led the global fight against child labor for more than three decades. Founded in 1980, his Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement) has protected the rights of some 83,000 children around the world. Child labor, he says, is as much an economic issue, perpetuating poverty and illiteracy, as it is about human rights. In any case, no one has done as much to prevent it as he has.

TED Blog
March 20, 2015

“All my best ideas were born of anger,” says children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. As the first speaker in the closing session of TED2015, Satyarthi shows how fury can be an underestimated power to make change.

“All my best ideas were born of anger,” says children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. As the first speaker in the closing session of TED2015, Satyarthi shows how fury can be an underestimated power to make change.

The Huffington Post
February 24, 2015

IT'S HOW I HAVE ALWAYS FELT WHEN A CHILD IS A VICTIM. WHY COULDN'T IT BE ME INSTEAD? WHY COULDN'T I BEAR THE SUFFERING SO THAT INNOCENT CHILDREN WOULD NOT BE HURT?

I know that I am not alone in feeling this way and I know that these thoughts are futile. It is only through the work of rescuing children from abusive situations, from uniting children with their families and helping them rebuild their future that I have been able to sometimes find temporary peace.

CBS News
January 28, 2015

 

SATYARTHI RECENTLY MET WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA BUT GETTING A GREETING FROM THE CHILDREN IS ALL THE REWARD SATYARTHI NEEDS FOR FREEING THEM FROM A LIFE OF SLAVERY. STILL, SATYARTHI SAYS, HE DOESN'T THINK THE KIDS SEE HIM AS A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER.

International Business Times
January 26, 2015

ENDING THEIR THREE-DAY VISIT TO INDIA, US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA BID GOODBYE WITH A NAMASTE GESTURE AND FLEW FOR THEIR NEXT STOPOVER – SAUDI ARABIA.

The Huffington Post
January 21, 2015

AFTER HAVING MET WITH THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON IN NEW DELHI ON JANUARY 12, I AM VERY HOPEFUL THAT THE UN AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL PRIORITISE THE ABOLITION OF CHILD SLAVERY IN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA. I HAVE PRESENTED HIM A PETITION SIGNED BY AROUND 550,000 PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH A DEMAND TO INCLUDE AN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE ON CHILD SLAVERY IN THE NEW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) WHICH WILL REPLACE THE 8 MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGS) IN 2016.

The New York Times
December 18, 2014

WHERE DOES THAT SORT OF MORAL IMAGINATION — AND THE COURAGE TO ACT ON IT — COME FROM? RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO DISPLAY MORAL COURAGE OFTEN PERCEIVE THEMSELVES TO BE “STRONGLY LINKED TO OTHERS THROUGH A SHARED HUMANITY” AND FEEL A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT IS NOT LIMITED TO INTIMATES. HOW THIS CONVICTION TAKES SHAPE IS LARGELY A MYSTERY: THE SCIENCE OF ALTRUISM IS STILL YOUNG.

International Business Times
December 16, 2014

FOLLOWING THE MASSACRE AT A SCHOOL IN THE PAKISTANI CITY OF PESHAWAR WHICH LEFT 141 PEOPLE DEAD, THE INDIAN CHILDREN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND NOBEL LAUREATE KAILASH SATYARTHI HAS CALLED ON THE TALIBAN TERROR GROUP TO TAKE HIM INSTEAD OF CHILDREN.

“I beg the Taliban, take me and leave these children,” he told NDTV following the news that over 100 children were killed at the military school.
“It’s the most shocking incident, in my knowledge, in my life. These children are my children” said Satyarthi.

The World Bank
December 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2014—World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim welcomed the awarding of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi today in Stockholm:

CNN
December 10, 2014

TO THUNDEROUS AND SUSTAINED APPLAUSE, PAKISTAN'S MALALA YOUSAFZAI AND INDIA'SKAILASH SATYARTHI RECEIVED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE ON WEDNESDAY, AN AWARD THAT A NOBEL OFFICIAL SAID HE HOPES ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO FIGHT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S RIGHTS.

Nobel Prize
December 10, 2014

Kailash Satyarthi delivered his Nobel Lecture on 10 December 2014 at the Oslo City Hall, Norway.
Credits: Norsk Rikskringkasting AS (production)

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Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Malala “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

The Guardian
December 9, 2014

WINNING THE NOBEL PEACE PRICE WITH MALALA YOUSAFZAI REINFORCED MY BELIEF THAT WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN END SLAVERY AND CHANGE CHILDREN’S LIVES FOR THE BETTER.

The Huffington Post
September 12, 2014

BY CONFERRING THE NOBEL PRIZE ON MALALA AND I, THE NOBEL COMMITTEE HAS RECOGNISED ONE OF THE MOST PRESSING YET NEGLECTED ISSUES OF OUR TIMES. MILLIONS OF CHILDREN STILL REMAIN INVISIBLE, VOICELESS AND UNHEARD. DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS, THEIR SUFFERING HAS GOT UNPRECEDENTED ATTENTION BY THE LAW MAKERS, JUDICIARY AND CIVIL SOCIETY NOT ONLY IN INDIA BUT WORLDWIDE.

The New York Times
December 29, 2006

NEW DELHI, DEC. 28 (AP) — FOR TWO YEARS, BHOLA WORKED MORE THAN 15 HOURS A DAY WITHOUT BEING PAID OR ALLOWED TO VISIT HIS PARENTS. ON THURSDAY, A LOCAL PRIVATE ORGANIZATION FREED BHOLA, NOW 12, AND 49 OTHER CHILD LABORERS LIKE HIM.

The children are all boys between the ages of 8 and 14 whose parents are poor farm laborers in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. They were brought to New Delhi to work in small factories making elaborately embroidered fabric, which is called zari.