Children’s rights campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi will deliver the key note speech at the annual British Asian Trust (BAT) dinner on 3 February, organizers have announced.
During his talk, Mr Satyarthi, who shared the 2014 Nobel prize with Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, is expected to highlight the abuse of young girls and children as well as the scourge of child trafficking in India – one of the major themes of this year’s BAT gala.
“I welcome The British Asian Trust’s focus on anti-trafficking initiatives. I have been globally campaigning against all forms of slavery and child labour for decades and I strongly believe that it perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and population growth”, Mr Satyarti said.
“We need to form and instil stronger legislations and all the countries and their global heads need to come together to make a commitment to abolish child trafficking and slavery. I am convinced that together we can make an impact”, he added.
Mr Satyarthi, 61, is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) – ‘Save the Children Movement’ – one of the world’s most revered children’s rights organizations.
Mr Kailash Satyarthi meets with President Barack Obama and Mrs Obama during the US leader’s recent visit to India
Founded in 1980, the organization has helped campaign for the rights of tens of thousands of children forced into bonded labour in India and elsewhere.
Mr Satyarti has personally led countless rescue missions for children forced to work in factories across India, surviving numerous attacks on his life.
BBA have also lobbied policy makers and governments to introduce legislation protecting children’s rights.
In 1998, Mr Satyarti and BBA organized the global march against child labour with millions of participants across more than 100 countries. The demonstration is often cited as the precursor to the International Labour Organization adopting Convention No. 182 – Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
Mr Satyarthi leads a galaxy of public figures at this year’s BAT gala, including Bollywood stars, filmmakers, journalists, actors and a talent show supremo.