· 1,500 school children participate in the gathering along with eminent Religious Leaders, Parliamentarians, Civil Society members, academicians, doctors and lawyers
Today:- New Delhi, April – Raj Ghat, the symbol of Ahimsa in New Delhi, today witnessed a gathering of over 1,500 children appealing global leaders to give a reprieve to the children of the world from the devastation of wars and conflicts.
Leading the peace congregation, Nobel Peace Laureate and Child Rights Activist Kailash Satyarthi said, “Children are never responsible for any wars, conflicts or violence, yet they are its worst sufferers. In these times of extreme unrest, it becomes our collective duty to protect the millions of children who being the most vulnerable, get caught in the crossfire of bombs, bullets and chemical attacks. I strongly demand the UN Security Council to set up a high power group to tackle violence against children in situations of conflict, refugee crises, cross-border trafficking and slavery in a time-bound manner.
The Peace Gathering was held in the wake of the gory incidence of violence in which 27 children were killed in a chemical attack in Syria, and that left hundreds of others disabled for life. This attack was far from being a standalone incident. According to the UNICEF, an estimated 230 million children live in areas affected by armed conflicts. More than 10,000 children have been killed since the outset of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic. Moreover, incidents of violence in the garb of religion, ethnicities and due to insurgencies have grown to alarming proportions in the last few years.
Mr Kailash Satyarthi along with his institution, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, has strongly condemned this mindless exploitation of innocent children.
The event witnessed the presence of leaders and organizations like Lokesh Muni (Jain Religion, Salim Engineer (Jamate Islame Hind), Swami Vishala Nand,Chairman of Bangla Sahib, Father Felix etc. Parliamentarians, religious leaders, civil society members, youth, lawyers and other opinion makers, united at the Peace Gathering in solidarity with the innocent children who have lost their lives in numerous incidents in conflict torn areas and pledged towards protecting their rights.
About Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
Mr Satyarthi has been a tireless advocate of children’s rights for over three decades. He and the grassroots movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan have liberated more than 84,000 children from exploitation and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. He has been at the forefront for driving child related agendas into The Sustainable Development Goals announced at The United Nations SDG Summit in September. He has been highlighting the need of governments to prioritize the child related SDGs and put children first.
Mr Satyarthi was also the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labour, whose mobilization of unions, civil society and most importantly, children, led to the adoption of ILO Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour in 1999. He was also the founding president of the Global Campaign for Education, an exemplar civil society movement working to end the global education crisis. In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
About Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is to create, implement and advocate child-friendly policies that ensure the holistic development and empowerment of children. For achieving these goals, the Foundation encourages government, businesses, civil society as well as children and the youth to participate in strategies and action that will safeguard children from the worst forms of abuse, including lack of education and health.
By Teennews1 Network Team