“Most children from the underprivileged class are engaged in child labour and they are cheap, economically weak and illiterate . Many are either driven to slavery and prostitution. This is a serious issue and not negotiable. India should prioritise its spending on children’s welfare to reap the benefits of the country’s demographic dividends. If we protect one generation of children and the subsequent generations will be protected.” Said Mr Satyarthi, who had won the Nobel Peace Prize award in 2014 along with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for working for protection and who also started who started Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a movement for children’s rights.
“We have started initiative 100 million for 100 million where thousands of people have come forward to end child labour and ensure education. We will soon be launching another program across India for safe child titled “Surkashit bchpan, surakshit Bharat” he said.
“ The session aptly titled, “The Ripple Effect” With Kailash Satyarthi has been organised with the objective to deliberate and showcase positive examples of people who managed to beat the odds in India’s villages, towns and cities and worked for the underprivileged children and labour . The inspirational stories that will be shared during the session has not only inspired the society in general but also highlight the ethical ways and means to protect child rights and work towards sustainable development. “ said Ms Vasvi Bharat Ram, President, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO).
“The primary objective of FLO is women empowerment. However, our responsibility towards the society doesn’t end there. With nearly half million children in the country, we need to ensure that the gaps are bridged and we contribute towards the survival, growth, development and sustenance of India’s greatest asset: its children”, she said.
“Mr. Satyarthi’s efforts to end child slavery, trafficking, forced labour and violence received international support when in September 2015, he succeeded in getting child protection and welfare-related clauses included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. “ she added.
“Flo also pledges not to hire or involve child labour in any production or supply chain ” she said.