Despite saving almost 80,000 children from child labour, and now adding the world’s most famous award to his name, Kailash Satyarthi has always restlessly sought to do more.
Here are 10 things that you must know about him
1. He was born on January 11, 1954 , in Vidisha, located near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Kailash was born Kailash Sharma. But even as a teenager, his ideals were guiding him in the direction of equality and social justice.
2. 60-year-old Satyarthi is the 8th Nobel Laureate born in India. Apart from the Nobel Prize, Satyarthi has also won a host of other prestigious awards.
3. He gave up a promising career as an electrical engineer when he was all of 26 to dedicate his life to help kids forced into slavery. After having left his engineering job, Satyarthi has continuously worked to save children from forced labour and the many other atrocities.
4. The founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, has helped free around 80,000 children from the clutches of slavery and child labour. Satyarthi has left behind no channel to propagate his dream of child-labour-free and child-friendly society knocking on every door , even the Supreme Court.
5. He also rescues women from enslavement in filthy factories with deplorable conditions and sexual assault.
There was an incident when Satyarthi saved an entire community of kiln slave-workers that day. There were 36 women, 14 adults, 22 children.
6. He created ‘Rugmark’ which certifies that carpets and rugs sold abroad aren’t made by child labourers.
The movement successfully spread awareness about child rights globally. Rugs sold under the ‘GoodWeave’ label are certified child-labor-free.
7. He is the face of Global March Against Child Labor – a large group of as many as 2000 social-purpose organizations and unions active in 140 countries. Started in 1998, it began with an 80,000 km long physical march across 103 countries. Members from over 140 different countries participated in the march.
8. He heads the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS) Kailash Satyarthi is fighting the use of child labor by creating domestic and international consumer resistance to products made by bonded children.
9. Despite facing false charges and death threats for his work, he continued to work for his vision. Two of his colleagues have even been murdered
10. His ideals are reflected even his name. He was deeply affected by the injustice inherent in this deeply-flawed caste system, he decided to drop his surname and adopt “Satyarthi” instead — which translates to “Seeker of Truth”. Kailash Satyarthi is a man who acted as the custodian to hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings but remained an unsung hero till yesterday.
We hope Satyarthi’s courageous fight to end child labor becomes an inspiration to a million others.