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Kailash Satyarthi

- Born in Vidisha, India, January 1954

- Gave up career as electrical engineer to devote himself to freeing children from slave labor

- Founded the New Delhi-based Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Childhood Movement, which fights child labor, child trafficking and child servitude

- Heads the Global March Against Child Labor, a network of 2,000 civil society organizations and trade unions in 140 countries

- Led various forms of peaceful protest focused on the exploitation of children for financial gain

- Advocates for the right of all children to an education

- Husband and father of two

- Says the prize means "people will give more attention to the cause of children in the world"