08 December 2014

Nobel Peace Prize To Indian Children's Rights Fighter

The 10 of December is an important day for both Norway and Sweden, as it is the day of the Nobel Prize ceremonies. This year the Peace Price feels extra important to me, for two reasons: the laureates are fighting for children's rights and one of them comes from India, a country that has a special place in my heart.

Dynamite fortune
Nobel medal The Nobel Prize was founded by Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor and business man, who made ha fortune on steel products and invented the dynamite.

In his testament Nobel declared that his fortune should be turned into a foundation, which each year was to award people who had distinguished themselves in different fields. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, and today price winners can be found all over the world.

Norwegian Peace Prize
At the time of Nobel’s death, Sweden and Norway were a union, and therefore the Peace Prize ceremony is held in Norway. This year the Norwegian Nobel committee has awarded two people, who share the Peace Prize, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai.

My daughter Elsa attended the World's Children's Prize ceremony, where Malala Yousafzai was also awarded, so we have already mentioned Malala in this blog. Today I want to tell you about the other Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, who has brought child labor into the limelight as a human rights issue.
Kailash Satyarthi
The Indian members of the team feel proud of Kailash Satyarthi's fight to save children from working under slave like conditions, and they have told me about his work. Recently I have learned more about him from Swedish media, when they have informed about Kailash Satyarthi, because of the Nobel Price.

Raids to save child slaves
Kailash Satyarthi is the man behind the biggest movement in India for the protection of children and for ensuring good quality education for all. In 1980 he founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan movement, which has now saved over 80,000 children from the clutches of child labor and bonded labor, often in dramatic and risky raids.

Rugmark iconCarpet certification
Another prestigious organization established by Kailash Satyarthi is Rugmark (now known as Goodweave). The Rugmark label on a carpet certifies that no children have been involved in the production. This is a way to raise awareness and engage the society in the fight against child labor.

Kailash Satyarthi
The two big images in this blog post come from an article in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The journalist who visited Kailash Satyarthi in an ashram for saved child slaves describes him as their guardian angel.

Kailash Satyarthi's activism against child labor and bonded labor and his fight for every child’s right to education is indeed admirable, and it has also been successful.

"Now we have international treaties and new laws, national and international", said Kailash Satyarthi in an interview for Swedish television. "Governments are taking this seriously, and I can say with the fullest confidence that I will see the end of child labor in my liftetime."

I sincerely hope he is right!

Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer Business Solutions

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