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GoodWeave Founder Accepts Nobel Peace Prize
Indian child rights campaigner and founder of GoodWeave Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize award in Oslo where he shared the honor with Pakistani education activist Malaia Yousafzai Wednesday.
The Nobel committee described both laureates as “champions of peace”.
As Satyarthi accepted the medal, he asked the audience to hold their hands over their hearts and listen to the child inside. “I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be stronger than the quest for freedom,” he said.
In the 1980s, Satyarthi began rescuing children from bondage. As chairman of the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude, he fought against child slavery one factory at a time, one child at a time. He conducted rescue raids and liberated children who were enduring extreme violence, some brutally beaten if they tried to escape.
Today, GoodWeave is an international non-profit organization that aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors.