Today the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Through their personal leadership and actions and by forging networks of creative collaboration, they have each helped to create opportunity and improve livelihoods for generations of children.
Last year, Yousafzai received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civil Society, in recognition of her actions and courage before and after being attacked by the Taliban in October 2012. Through her personal campaigning and The Malala Fund, she has both elevated the dialogue on and taken specific actions to address the need for greater access to education and the bolstering of girls’ rights around the world.
Satyarthi has championed children’s rights, with a specific focus on child labor and human trafficking, for over three decades. He is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the chairperson of the Global March Against Child Labour. As part of his efforts, both organizations partnered on a 2009 CGI Commitment to Action to found the “Not Made By Children” initiative. A three-year commitment, by 2012 it had helped to directly rescue over 200 individuals from child labor in India and trained and educated labor inspectors, garment workers, and community members about child labor and trafficking.