Harvard University’s distinguished Humanitarian of the Year Award has been conferred to Indian Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. He has been bestowed with this award for championing the cause of child reform and ending all forms of violence against children.
- It’s because of Satyarthi’s work that in 1999 Geneva headquartered International Labour Organization approved an accord of Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour which aimed to protect children from jobs that expose them to danger or exploitation. This became the principal guideline for governments around the world.
ABOUT KAILASH SATYARTHI
- Born as Kailash Sharma, he is children’s rights and education advocate and an activist against child labour
- His 1980’s “Bachpan Bachao Andolan” (Save the Childhood Movement) has saved more than 80000 chidren from salvery and labour
- He is inspired by Gandhiji and “Global March Against Child Labour” is switched on by him and is still going on in many countries
- He is a recipient of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize which was shared with Malala Yousafzai
- This year he was honoured with Honorary Doctorate by Amity University, Gurgaon
- He has been honoured with multiple international awards which includes Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1995.
ABOUT HARVARD HUMANITARIAN AWARD
- Humanitarian Award is presented by Harvard Foundation of Harvard University annually in the name of Professor Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor and Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church
- It recognizes the individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of lives and inspired to greater heights
- The award is authorized by the Dean of Harvard College and the President of Harvard University