Nobel Laureate launches child rights campaign in Bangladesh

Kailash Satyarthi launched his child rights campaign in Bangladesh, calling upon children from affluent families to speak up for their underprivileged peers.

A young boy working in a shipyard outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Zoriah at Flickr

Launching his 100 Million for 100 Million campaign at Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School, Dhaka, the 63-year old Nobel Peace prize-winner described the campaign as the “globalisation of compassion”.

As reported by NDTV,  in the event attended by prominent ministers, rights activists and children from affluent families, Mr Satyarthi said, “While 100 million youths want to change the world, 100 million of them are suffering from trafficking, slavery and other forms of violence.”

He spoke at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly later. “We want to create a new civilisation. The income gap is widening gradually. Only eight people own wealth amount of half of the total population of the world.” Mr Satyarthi said the income inequalities should be reduced first to build a peaceful planet.

He also called upon the parliament members to take action. “Corporate leaders are powerful but you (parliamentarians) are more powerful than any forces of society.”

The Indian president, Pranab Mukherjee had also launched the campaign in December last year. The campaign mainly aims to build awareness about children through the use of social media.

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