BACHPAN BACHAO ANDOLAN, INDIA
For the specially edited version of Not My Life that will broadcast on India’s public television channel Doordarshan on June 29th, 2014, the film’s directer Robert Bilheimer sought to shed a stronger light on human trafficking issues as they exist in India. While keeping the global perspective of the film intact, Bilheimer included an interview with Indian human rights activist Kailash Satyrathi, who provided a behind-the-scenes, local perspective on human trafficking in India.
Satyarthi is working at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor. As a grassroots activist, he has led the rescue of tens of thousands of child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. As a worldwide campaigner, he leads the Global March Against Child Labor, a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers' Union and Trade Unions.
Satyarthi is also the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan(BBA), India‘s largest grassroots movement for the protection of children, ensuring their quality education. Since the organization‘s founding in 1980, BBA has rescued tens of thousands of victims of trafficking, slavery and child labor and has helped them re-establish trust in society and find promising futures. BBA has also been at the forefront of laying down laws against child labour and trafficking in India.
As an analytical thinker, Satyarthi has helped make the issue of child labor a human rights issue, not a welfare matter or a charitable cause. He has established that child labor is responsible for the perpetuation of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population explosion and many other social evils. He has also played an important role in linking the fight against child labor with the efforts for achieving 'Education for All.’
Satyarthi is a member of UNESCO’s Education for All, a group comprising of select presidents, prime ministers and UN agency heads. He has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, International Labour Conference, UN Human Rights Commission, UNESCO, and has been invited to several parliamentary hearings and committees in USA, Germany and UK..
He also serves on the board and committee of several international organizations including the Center for Victims of Torture (USA), the International Labor Rights Fund (USA), and the International Cocoa Foundation.
Satyarthi has been honored by the Former US President Bill Clinton in Washington and is featured in Kerry Kennedy's Book ‘Speak Truth to Power', where his life and work is featured among the top 50 human rights defenders in the world including Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wessel, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.