Also known as defenders. A Human Right Activist is the one who individually or with others act to promote or protect some variation of human rights. They struggle towards the betterment of the people and their protection. They may be working in groups pr may be working individually but they recognize the importance and legitimacy of the work of human rights defenders, as well as their need for better protection.
The need for this in today’s times is more important as they are the ones who are working for our rights and day by day they are improving their functionings.
Some of the Human Right Activists are mentioned here.
An activist against child labour. Kailash Satyarthi is also an children’s right and education advocate and founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan and won the Nobel Peace Prize. His struggle was against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Kailash Satyarthi gave up his career as a teacher for the betterment of children and their rights.
An Indian Social Activist who led movements to promote rural developments and stand against corruption. He became famous for encouraging grassroots movements. Anna Hazare conducted hunger strikes against corruption and Jan Lokpal Bill, a bill for anti-corruption law. In his initial years, Anna worked as an Army Truck Driver and later as a soldier. Anna Hazare’s hunger strike moved the whole nation in support.
Most recognized. Sunitha Krishnan is the co-founder of Prajwala (Non-Governmental Organisation) that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates sex-trafficked victims into society. In the areas of anti-human trafficking, Sunitha Krishnan’s organisation rescue women’s and children’s and re-established them. Krishnan was in judicial custody for two months when she was arrested for protesting against the staging of Miss World competition in Bangalore.
Activist for Indian Gender Equality. Bhumata Brigade was founded by her and she became famous for getting women’s entry to religious places like temples. Like the case of Shani Shingnapur Temple where she allowed the entry of women’s after ban. Trupti Desai also works to help rehabilitate slum dwellers.
Women’s Right Activist who rose her voice against ten brutal rape case of Nirbhaya happened in Delhi. From her early days, she participated in various street plays and protests and emerged as one of the most influential activists. Kavita Krishnan demanded death penalty against the rapists of Nirbhaya and she was the activist who highly protested against this inhumanity.
India’s finest lawyer. Karuna Nundy is actively involved in human rights litigation and has battled in some of India’s most divisive and challenging cases. She sought justice for the victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy. She fought for online free speech and contributed to the drafting of India’s so-called anti-rape laws after the Delhi rape case.
An activist and an Indian Classical Dancer who use the art as a medium for social change and transformation. Mallika Sarabhai has also used film and television for social change, especially for women’s empowerment and environmental consciousness.