Indian children right’s activist Kailash Satyarthi is the second person from India, after Mother Theresa, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1980 he gave up a teaching career to found the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Children Mission) and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. His work has been the foundation for anti-slavery guidelines for governments around the world.
Satyarthi established GoodWeave International (formerly known as Rugmark) as the first voluntary labeling, monitoring and certification system of rugs manufactured without the use of child-labour in South Asia. Goodweave operated a campaign in Europe and the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s to raise consumer awareness of the use of child labor in the rug industry and others, and to raise the accountability and responsibility of global corporations regarding use of child labor in the supply chain.
Satyarthi serves on the board and committee of several international organisations including the Center for Victims of Torture (USA), the International Labor Rights Fund (USA), and the International Cocoa Foundation. He is now reportedly working on bringing child labour and slavery into the post-2015 development agenda for the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.