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Kailash Satyarthi

Chairperson / President, Global March Against Child Labour, GCE 

Biography

The life and work of Kailash Satyarthi is synonymous with the crusade against child slavery. Kailash was born in 1954 in Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, India. He has a degree in electrical engineering and a post-graduate diploma in high-voltage engineering. After a few years of teaching engineering in a college in Bhopal, Kailash founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980. BBA symbolises the struggle against child labour and child servitude and initiated the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS). Kailash started “Rugmark” in 1994, a social labeling program in which rugs are labelled and certified to be childlabour-free. Recently, he has promoted the empowerment of children through a nationwide crusade for the formation of Child Friendly Villages. Kailash is a 2005 Skoll Awardee.