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Talk by human rights defender Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi has been ranked as one of the top 50 human rights defenders in the world. He is at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labour. As founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), he has lead the rescue of over 78,500 child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. A worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labour, which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers’ Union and Trade Unions.

As an analytical thinker, he made the issue of child labour a human rights issue, not a welfare matter or a charitable cause. He has established that child labour is responsible for the perpetuation of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population explosion and many other social evils. He has also played an important role in linking the fight against child labour with the efforts for achieving ‘Education for All’.

This talk is taking place during Claire Phillip’s exhibition Reclaiming Childhood: face to face with child labour in India. Claire worked closely with BBA to create her latest series of portraits of children affected by child labour in India. Her exhibition runs from 9-20 July, 11am-6pm.

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