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Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Honored With Mother Teresa Award For Social Justice 2019

Kumu Gupta

This year, the Harmony Foundation honored 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi (India) with the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice, for his crusade and activism to speak up and become a voice for the  voiceless  minors  who  are  entrapped  in  the  most  brutal  forms  of  modern-day  slave  practices  as  the  result  of  human trafficking. The award was accepted by daughter  Asmita Satyarthi , who is actively involved in her father's work, since he could not be there. Mother Teresa Memorial Awards were held on November 3rd 2019, at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai.

Noted  with  appreciation  was  Kailash Satyarthi's  courage  and  fearlessness  to  rise  up  and  speak  against  this  prevalent  evil  that  is  depriving humanity of its dignity and worth. His remarkable and persistent contribution and unbeatable spirit to the societal welfare has been  immense which  has  saved  several innocent  lives from  being  desensitized,  especially the nationwide march for the demand of stern legislative changes against child trafficking and sexual abuse.

Harmony Foundation an international NGO based in Mumbai, which works in the realm of Social Justice was founded in October of 2005. Its raison d’être is to establish and strengthen  social cohesion among various communities and to work towards the benefit  of  all  without  any discrimination-  whether it  be  religion,  creed,  sex  or their origins.  Each year Harmony  Foundation identifies a theme that highlights the need of the hour affecting humanity worldwide. In view of the same, this year’s theme has been decided as, ‘Combating Contemporary Forms of Slavery,’ a practice that is still a very real and a widespread phenomenon, affecting millions worldwide.

The Mother Teresa Memorial Award is unique in its existence because it is the only one, endorsed by Sr. Prema, the Superior General of  the  Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata. Some of  the previous recipients have been  Ms. Malala Yousufzai, a Nobel laureate who has become a global icon  for the education of the girl child,  H.H. The Dalai Lama, also  a Nobel laureate, the current Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, former Deputy Speaker of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords Baroness Caroline Cox, and Aid Groups like Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the largest volunteer medical organization worldwide.

Photo: Dr. Abraham Mathai Founder Chairman – Harmony Foundation (L) with  Asmita Satyarthi and dignitaries.(Courtesy: Harmony Foundation).

(Kumu Gupta was special invited Speaker for Kailash Satyarthi's Mother Teresa Award Ceremony and nominated for the award in 2018 for over 2 decades of volunteer work in Human Rights and Women's Rights. Kumu has been working with Kailash Satyarthi against child labor for few years and follower of Mother Teresa's work for many years )

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