End 2014 and Begin 2015 in a Generous Way

Where has the time gone?  Another year, another 365 days has almost flown by.  As we say goodbye to 2014, we look back on all that has been achieved.   The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (GWEI) has embarked on an ambitious multi-pronged program to help eradicate the scourge of poverty and human degradation.  As Gandhi said: “Poverty […]

Nobel Laureate, Satyarthi: Remember Children’s Day!

Referring to child trafficking as the ‘single worst form’ of human rights violation, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi made an urgent  appeal to ‘save the childhood’ of every child. On this  125th birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, celebrated nationwide as Children’s Day, Satyarthi said it is imperative that the society takes […]

Miracles Rising In Kolhapur!

As GWEI president and founder, Dr. Arun Gandhi, has stated: “It is a sad commentary on our civilization that millions of children all over the world are denied basic amenities like, food, shelter, clothes and education.  If civilization is measured by the way it treats its children then we are far from being a civilized […]

All children deserve a beautiful childhood

Source: DNA Mumbai Sixty-five years after Independence, millions of Indian children are yet to be freed from the bondage of malnutrition, child labour, lack of education and child abuse. Their wait to enjoy their childhood and realize their full potential seems to be getting longer with every passing anniversary of our Independence. A look at […]

The Bandit Queen* of the Social Movement

Guest post by: Dr. Sunilkumar Lavate, Principal, Mahaveer College, Kolhapur *[EDITOR'S NOTE: India's previous 'Bandit Queen', Phulan Devi (at right), was a seasoned bandit of north India. An ordinary village woman, she was abducted by outlaws and raped. She escaped and turned herself into a 'bandit queen' and avenged all of her assailants. After undergoing […]

India is a Hub for Child Sex Trafficking, says Clinton

Despite Indian government progress to combat human trafficking, India continues to be a source, destination and transit country for forced labor and sex trafficking, noted the U.S. State Department in its annual “Trafficking in Persons” report released June 20 in Washington, D.C.* *Source: IndiaWest Speaking to a packed audience in the Benjamin Franklin room at […]

Bangladesh Child Laborers: Victims of apathy and neglect

Bangladesh's child population (under 18), comprising 45% of the total population are virtually unnoticed. They are vast untapped wealth that could be turned into effective manpower. Born mostly of poor parents, the male children supplement the meager income of the parents, while most female children in urban areas work as domestic help. A big number […]

Saving the Devadasi Temple Prostitutes

A carry over from the English colonial days of India, the Devadasi are today thought of as the 'temple prostitutes', a fate the befalls many young Indian girls.  According to Wikipedia, the devadasi tradition (देवदासी / ದೇವದಾಸಿ; “servant of god”) … is a religious tradition in which girls are “married” and dedicated to a deity (deva or […]

Is Child Marriage a Form of Trafficking?

Source: India RealTime Days before law professor Michele Goodwin was set to speak in Chicago about why child marriage persists widely in India despite almost a century of legislation, a heart-warming story made the rounds. Laxmi Sargara, an 18-year-old who was married to another child when she was a baby, rebelled when her in-laws came […]

Protect Children During Super Bowl!

Earlier this year we blogged about the darkest side of the Super Bowl: in recent years it (and other major sports events) has been invaded by human traffickers. They're attracted by the large profits to be made in peddling prostitutes, including girls as young as 13, in the shadows of the nation's most high-profile sporting […]

5 Million Child Labourers in India

Nearly 5 million children are still engaged as laborers across the country, Indian Labor Minister Mallikarjun Kharge informed the government yesterday.  The Labor Minister, made it clear that the number of child laborers in the country was declining, however. “As per Census 2001, there were 5 million working children in the country in the age […]

Nepal ‘Adoption Trafficking’ Big Business in Nepal

From Ramesh Saud, GWEI correspondent in Kathmandu –    Nepal became an important source of children for international adoption in part because adoption is not widely practiced or accepted among the Nepalese, an attitude that is prevalent across South Asia.  But the United States and several other countries have recently stopped adoption of abandoned children from […]

Local Hero Rescues Girl Sold by Her Father

Source: Sakal Daily In the streets of a small town, Kagal, some citizens had noticed a small girl of 9 years tending a bunch of donkeys. They came to know from her that she was sold by her drunkard father to a local owner of a brick kiln. Her plight was brought to the notice […]

Missing girl child means murdered girl child in India

According to a recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) up to 50 million girls and women are missing in India’s population as a result of systematic sex-murder discrimination. Source: Harini Calamur | DNA INDIA A recent poll suggested that India was the fourth-most dangerous place in the world for women. Afghanistan and Congo, in […]

Education, Vocation Training, Rehabilitation & Child Labour

Guest Post by: Dr Neeraja Sharma Home Problem of Child-Labour is not new to anybody. ILO under convention 138 makes a distinction between child labour and child work. ‘Child work’ is that participation of children in the economy which does not affect their physical and mental development adversely. This kind of work under ILO guidelines […]