The PeaceJam Foundation has announced that Kailash Satyarthi of India, and Tawakkol Karman from Yemen have become members of PeaceJam, joining 12 other leading Nobel Peace Laureates in mentoring youth to change the world. The addition of these two new global leaders of peace will allow PeaceJam to expand its award winning program to include issues of child slavery and grassroots democracy building.
Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for leading a global movement to end child slavery and exploitive child labor practices. In 1980, Kailash gave up a lucrative career as an electrical engineer in India to initiate a crusade against child servitude. As a grassroots activist, he has led the rescue of over 85,000 child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation.
This Indian children's rights and education advocate has been a prominent voice against child labour.He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has worked to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries, according to sources. It is largely because of Satyarthi's work and activism that the International Labour Organization adopted Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour, which is now a principal guideline for governments around the world.
Tawakkol Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her nonviolent struggle for women's rights to participate in peace building efforts in Yemen. Tawakkol was at the forefront of the struggle for human rights in her country for years, organizing large-scale nonviolent protests against government corruption that became part of the 2011 Arab Spring movements. Tawakkol is the first Arab woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
The PeaceJam Foundation is an international peace education program established in 1996. More than 1.2 million young people have participated in the program from 40 countries around the world, completing 2 million service projects to address the most pressing issues facing the planet through PeaceJam's Billion Acts of Peace Campaign. PeaceJam has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize nine times, including a 2017 nomination by Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi from Iran.