Global Exchange will award one People’s Choice honoree in 2012. The People’s Choice honoree will receive $1,000 in honor of their work and will be recognized at this year’s Human Rights Awards celebration on May 10, 2012.
Please join us in voting for our very own Anuradha Bhosale, a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in Kolhapur, India where more than 35,000 children are involved in daily labor for local industries. A former child-laborer herself at the age of six, she has spent the past 20 years fighting for the prevention of child exploitation, labor, trafficking, and female infanticide.
As founder of the WCRC (Women and Child Rights Campaign), she has educated, trained and empowered thousands of widowed, divorced and deprived women in the rural areas of India to stand up and fight for their rights as allowed by the Indian constitution. 52,000 of them now receive some $714,000 in monthly government pension checks they were previously unaware of being entitled to.
As founder of the AVANI organization, she has facilitated the rescue of 541 child laborers, provided 5,604 nomadic migrant children and school drop outs the right to health care and education, organized the construction of schools inside the brickyard labor camps and established a residential home for migrant children.
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