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Saïd Business School: The Sixth Skoll World Forum is the biggest ever
During such a seismic shift in the global economic order one could be expected to hear a few whimpers but the dramatic drum sequence signaling the beginning of the opening plenary, performed by the three-man group Taiko Meantime, set the tone for the rest of the Forum.
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Kailash Satyarthi, Founder, Bachpan Bachao Andolan and Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour bestowed with the world acclaimed “Defender of Democracy Award”

New Delhi, 21 May 2009, Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) will present the 2009 Defender of Democracy Awards to Mr. Kailash Satyarthi of India, Founder/Chair of the Global March Against Child Labor, and Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan of Pakistan, Barrister-at-Law, Senior Advocate Supreme Court.

Parliamentarians for Global Action  (PGA) which is a non-profit, non-partisan international network of over 1300 legislators in more than 100 elected parliaments around the globe, aims to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, sustainable development and population issues by informing, convening, and mobilizing parliamentarians to realize these goals.
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Global March Against Child Labour receiving 25th International Alfonso Comín Award
Global March Against Child Labour has been proposed as a candidate to receive the 25th International Alfonso Comín Award for its active efforts to end child labour, condemning systems that require children to work, both at the global, national and regional levels, and exerting pressure to achieve political changes and jointly developing policies and actions to achieve a unified response to child labour, illiteracy and poverty.
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Offside: Child Labour in Football Stitching
New Delhi, 6 October 2008 – Once again the global sports community stands shamed by the tainted stories of child labour in football stitching. In spite of famous FIFA agreement 1996, European Parliament resolution 2004, the incorporation of the clear codes of conducts and Indian Sporting Goods Industries Monitoring and government's tall claims against no child labour, thousands of children are still stitching footballs for the big brands.
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Wouldn’t all world leaders together be able to enrol all children in schools?
New York, 25 September 2008: When rescued as a 7 year old, Devli had not seen paper, did not know tap water or that a banana is eaten after peeling it. This young girl is now the classmate of the likes of world political leaders, faith group leaders, CEOs of like Gordon Brown, PM of UK; Kevin Ruud, Prime Minister of Australia; Queen Rania of Jordan; Robert Zoellick, President of World Bank; Koichiro Matsuura, Director General, UNESCO; Prince Saud of Saudi Arabia; John Sentamu, Archbishop of York; Craig Barret, President of Intel and John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, singers Bono and Bob Geldof. These dignitaries were participants of the high level event on education on MDGs dubbed “Class of 2015: Education for All” campaign organised as part of the UN General Assembly in the UN in New York.
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20 flood victim children were rescued from trafficking in Bihar
New Delhi, 11th September 2008. Bachpan Bachao Andolan has launched a major campaign to stop child trafficking from the flood infested areas of Bihar. In the first phase of this campaign 20 children have been saved from the railway stations of Saharsa and Katihar in different rescue operations.
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From child labourer to representing India globally

NEW DELHI: A proud Rakesh (who uses only his first name) doesn't want to remember the days when he was beaten up with belts and used to work for more than 18 hours a day at a construction site in Amritsar. He prefers to talk about his achievements instead.

"Those were the dark days. I shudder whenever I think about my past. Now I have something to look forward to in life," Rakesh, who now lives in Rajasthan but was in Delhi for a function, told IANS.
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Thousands of Teachers Protest For Right to Education
6th May 2008 –Thousands of teachers belonging to several Indian states participated in day long protest in the scorching heat of May, in front of the Parliament of India. They gathered here in the capital, New Delhi under the banner of All India Federation of Teacher Organisation (AIFTO).
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Bollywood Demands Quality Education For Child Laborers in Rising India
23 April 2008, New Delhi: Hundreds of former child laborers and school children participated in the world's biggest lesson on education. Children themselves imparted a lesson to the noted Bollywood personalities Actress Mahima Chaudhry, Producer Tanuja Chandra, Jasbeer Jassi, the singer and Amit Shyal; Members of Parliament and social activists here today at the FICCI auditorium as part of the Global Action Week led by the President of Global Campaign for Education a worldwide movement demanding universal basic full time quality education for all. The Action Week in India is being jointly organised by National Coalition for Education (NCE), Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), Global March Against Child Labor (GMACL), CARE, OXFAM, World Vision and Save the Children Fund.
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Children For Peace and Peace For Children – Stand up for the Tibetan child victims

New Delhi 11th April 2008 – For the First time 100s of children from India and Tibet joined hands on the street of the capital to demand protection for the rights of children in Tibet. Children from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh etc marched in the streets carrying the plank cards with the specific demands- "Peace for Children and Children for peace", "Ensure free and quality education for all children in Tibet", "Restore rights freedom dignity and education of Tibetan children".
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Kailash Satyarthi recipient of 2007 US State Department's Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award

Grassroots Activist Made Ending Child Labour Global Cause

Kailash Satyarthi credited with freeing 75,000 bonded and child labourers

Washington -- Kailash Satyarthi has freed more than 75,000 bonded and child labourers since 1980.

Using children for cheap labour was commonly accepted in India when Satyarthi began his campaign against it in the 1980s. Children often are treated like slaves, abused and sometimes not paid for long hours of work. Satyarthi and a handful of dedicated people raided employers to rescue children from bondage. They protested in the streets. They built rehabilitation centers to give former child labourers a chance.

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