BANGALORE: LinkedIn India, hosted Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi for the first time, at their office in Bangalore to interact with over 650 employees in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, to speak with them about his work against the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.
Satyarthi was delighted to be speaking with such young, energetic people, who were keen to do their part in helping India rid itself of child sexual abuse and trafficking. He urged all LinkedIn employees to take just a few moments of their busy schedule and look at ways in which they can lend a helping hand to the children in our country.
Satyarthi also spoke about the challenges, struggles and opposition he faced when he started his journey, 37 years ago. He reminisced about how at that time, India did not have a law when it came to protecting children from abuse and trafficking, how far it has come today, reminded everyone that the “world is at your fingertips” and to use technology to solve social problems in addition to their business requirements.
Satyarthi said, “It is easy to walk on the available path, it’s difficult to walk on an unexplored path or to create your path. The day 36 children were freed, was the day I felt liberated and I never looked back. Today 87000 children are liberated and there is still so much work left to do”
He rounded off the discussion by inspiring the LinkedIn employees to work towards being a changemaker, by looking for the hero within themselves.
Speaking on the occasion, Akshay Kothari, Country Manager and Head of Product, LinkedIn India said, “As part of the LinkedIn Speaker Series, we are delighted to have Satyarthi interacting with the employees about his fight against child trafficking and sexual abuse. This is one of our favorite ways to support our mission of making professionals more productive and successful.”
Earlier this month, Satyarthi also met religious leaders to speak with them about how they can help India take a step towards eradicating violence against children, which includes trafficking and sexual abuse.