Mumbai – Multinational pharmaceutical group Wockhardt has conferred a lifetime achievement award to child rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi for his work on fighting against child slavery and efforts towards uplifting lives of millions of children around the world.
Satyarthi was felicitated by Group Chairman and Founder Dr. Habil Khorakiwala at an event in Mumbai. The event was co-hosted by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, in Mumbai. Satyarthi’s documentary – The Price of Free – was also screened during the event.
“Despite numerous attacks and vandalism we have never deterred from freeing every child, nor compromised with non-violence,” the 2014 Nobel prize winner said.
“Mr. Satyarthi’s whole life is an inspiration to all of us and we are proud to present him with this award,” Dr. Khorakiwala said adding that the Wockhardt Group is committed to working for social development across all sectors.
The company undertakes its social programmes across the country through the Wockhardt Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation based out of Mumbai.
Spearheaded by his son Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala, foundation’s various programmes have benefitted lives of many underprivileged.
“We hope to work even harder for the underprivileged, as we do in the field of healthcare, education, skilling and the environment,” Dr Huzaifa said.
Speaking about the film Satyarthi said that the film ignites compassion and calls for child-labour-free production and supply systems. It also inspires law makers and enforcement agencies to exhibit sense of urgency in matters related to the rights of the children, he added.
The film also gives a message about responsible consumerism, Satyarthi said.
The film which showcases Satyarthi’s life and work is made by Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim.
The film has received several recognitions including the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film festival, in 2018 and Peace Jam Award at the Monte Carlo Film Festival, in 2019.