WASHINGTON: The Harvard University has awarded the Nobel Prize laureate Mr Kailash Satyarthi with its prestigious “Humanitarian of the year” award for his his continuing contribution to the cause of children’s rights and abolition of child slavery.
Mr Satyarthi is the first Indian to receive the Humanitarian of the year award from Harvard University. Speaking at the award acceptance speech, Mr Satyarthi said ” I accept this award on behalf of millions of left-out children for whom we work. Let us all pledge together to eradicate child slavery from the world.”
Each year, the Harvard Foundation presents the award to people whose work and deeds have improved society and been inspiring to people.
Recently, Mr Satyarthi has succeeded in getting child protection and welfare clauses, which aim to protect children from slavery, trafficking, forced labour and violence — included in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
“Even developed countries, including the Unites States, have hundreds of slaves who are forced into labour, pushed into sex trade or trafficked into domestic labour. Undocumented immigrants, people in the margins of the society are pulled into a circuit of slavery,” Satyarthi said, the TOI reported.