As the chair of Global Progress, last week I had the honor to host Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy for a discussion on the future of progressive politics.
The French-American Cultural Foundation organized a day-long symposium June 15th on “Versailles and the American Revolution.”
This conversation that is the product of a partnership between the Château of Versailles and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello is the focus of a first-ever exhibit on the importance of France’s aid to the American colonies.
The exhibit at the Château de Versailles runs through October 2nd, 2016.
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.
— 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi
June 16, 2015 marked the 157th anniversary of President Lincoln’s famous “A House Divided” speech about how society could not continue to survive while slavery still exists. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment banning slavery in the United States.
A century and a half later, the struggle to abolish slavery continues. There are still an estimated 5.5 million children in slavery and 168 million child laborers around the world.
Kailash Satyarthi is calling on all of us to join him in the fight for #childhoodfreedom. Last week, in Washington, D.C., he led a rally at the Lincoln Memorial to raise awareness about these issues.
“It is a matter of great shame that even in the 21st century this ugly form of slavery exists in the form of child labour,” said Satyarthi. “We still have child slavery in various manifestations and various forms. This is not an isolated problem of one country. This is a global problem.”
Satyarthi is calling on the international community to rise up against child slavery and to ensure that development begins with children. He is asking the UN General Assembly to incorporate language about child slavery in its future development agenda as well.
Learn more and sign up for the movement at www.satyarthi.org.
It was an honor to host Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi in Washington, D.C. last week where he held a meet-up for #childhoodfreedom at the Lincoln Memorial. Learn more and sign up for the movement at www.satyarthi.org.
“How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.”