"I don't consider the Peace Prize as something given to me but rather to the millions of children deprived of their childhoods and all my brothers and sisters who have mobilized support for their cause.”
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment, which banned slavery in the United States. In addition, June 16 marks the 157th anniversary of President Lincoln's famous "A House Divided Speech" which speaks to society not being able to survive when slavery still exists. However, the struggle to abolish slavery continues. According to the ILO, there are still 5.5 million children in slavery and 168 million child laborers worldwide.
We invite you to join 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi in calling for freedom for all the world’s children. Together, we will:
Celebrate the Nobel Committee’s recognition of the centrality of children’s rights to world peace
Bring new energy to the individuals and organizations working to ensure children’s rights are protected
Inspire others to join in the cause
From those working to end child slavery, labor, and marriages to childhood hunger, trafficking, and illiteracy; let us celebrate our collective work and recommit ourselves to prioritizing children’s rights in our national and international agendas.