Announcement: Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi wins the Nobel Peace Prize

At Ashoka, we are proud to announce that our India fellow Kailash Satyarthi has won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with global child rights activist, Malala Yousafzai. Kailash was elected in 1993 for his work and activism to end child slavery in India.

Kailash Satyarthi is fighting the use of child labor by creating domestic and international consumer resistance to products made by bonded children, as well as with direct legal and advocacy work. Through a number of training programs, he also helps children sold to pay their parents' debts to find new lives and serve as agents of prevention within their communities.


Photo: Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi at the TEDx Telefonica Foundation conference

To know more about Kailash Satyarthi's work, do read his complete fellow profile. For more on the prize, visit our global site.

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A few other Ashoka Fellows who work in child rights:

Damodar Acharya - Damodar Acharya is attacking the problem by eliminating the reasons for child labor. By investing in educational opportunities and putting political power in the hands of children, rural families are discovering alternatives to migration. Read More>>

Rita Panicker - Rita Panicker helps India's street and working children to lobby for their rights and launch their own self-help organizations. She has also organized India's first trade union of child workers-the Bal Mazdoor Union. Read More>>

Enakshi Ganguly - Enakshi Ganguly is introducing analysis of government spending and monitoring of child rights activity in parliament as tools for advocacy. She believes that it is critical to mainstream child rights in all development initiatives, governmental and nongovernmental. Read More>>

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