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A child rights activist may refer to any kind of activist who is actively involved in the protection and nurturing of the rights of children and minors who may be subjected various kinds of human right abuses. A child right activist may either work with an organization, a group or as an individual and is completely committed to cause of children’s rights. They provide children with the various basic needs like food, education, shelter and also play a crucial role in shaping the psychological and emotional health of the child. A child rights activist may deal with abandoned babies, street children, poor and neglected children, orphans, children of drug addicts or alcohol addicts, children of criminals, children of war victims, children abandoned and affected due to war and many other affected children. A child rights activist may also work with sexually abused children, children of sex workers of AIDS patients. A child’s right activist may work for several campaigns that are related to the welfare of children and the protection of their rights in the society. To get acquainted with some of the world’s most prominent and famous anti-corruption activists, continue to read their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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Malala Yousafzai
(Women's Rights Activist, World's Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate)
Malala Yousafzai
10
Birthdate: July 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mingora, Pakistan

Named to Time 100 thrice, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai exhibits phenomenal grit and inspires young girls everywhere. An assassination attempt by Islamic fundamentalists could not dampen her spirit, and she fought back with a bestselling memoir and won the Nobel Peace Prize as its youngest recipient, at 17.

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Elizabeth Smart
(Child Safety Activist and Commentator for 'ABC News')
Elizabeth Smart
13
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Elizabeth Smart is a child safety activist who gained national attention when she was kidnapped from her home at the age of 14. She was held captive for nine months before she was rescued by the cops. Smart went on to become an activist and works against human trafficking and abduction. In 2011, she became the founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

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Sally Struthers
(Actress Known for Her Role of 'Gloria Stivic' in the Series 'All in the Family')
Sally Struthers
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

Sally Struthers is an American actress best known for playing Gloria Stivic in the popular sitcom television series All in the Family, for which she received a couple of Emmy Awards. Also a well-known activist, Struthers has been working towards improving the lives of impoverished children as part of her work as a spokesperson for the child development organization, ChildFund.

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Kailash Satyarthi
(Child Rights Activist)
Kailash Satyarthi
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Birthdate: January 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vidisha, India

Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian social reformer who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Satyarthi is best known for his campaign against child labor in India. Kailash Satyarthi is credited with founding several social activist organizations like Global March Against Child Labour, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, and Global Campaign for Education.

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Sean Hepburn Ferrer
(Film Producer)
Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

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Ali Hewson
(Activist and Co-founder of the Fashion Line "EDUN" and Skincare Products Company "Nude")
Ali Hewson
3
Birthdate: March 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Ali Hewson is an Irish businesswoman and activist. In the 1990s, Hewson joined the anti-nuclear movement and started working with activists like Adi Roche. In 2002, she played a key role in organizing campaigns against the Sellafield nuclear facility in England. As a businesswoman, Hewson has co-founded a skincare company and a fashion label called Nude skincare and EDUN respectively.

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Bernice King
(Minister)
Bernice King
3
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Bernice King is an American minister best known as the daughter of the popular activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years, Barnice King has supported many noble causes for which she has been honored with several awards. In 2009, she was honored at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Convention for her service to women.

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Paul Petersen
(American Actor, Novelist, Singer, and Activist)
Paul Petersen
5
Birthdate: September 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glendale, California, USA
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Craig Kielburger
(Canadian Author)
Craig Kielburger
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Birthdate: December 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thornhill, Vaughan, Canada

At age 12, Craig Kielburger and his brother read about a child laborer of his age who was murdered in Pakistan for protesting against child labor in his country, and the duo immediately stepped into action. Their organization Free the Children led to the formation of the WE Movement.  

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Isra Hirsi
(American Environmental Activist)
Isra Hirsi
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Birthdate: February 22, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Edith Cowan
(Social Campaigner)
Edith Cowan
1
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geraldton, Australia
Died: June 9, 1932

Edith Cowan was an Australian social reformer best remembered for serving as a member of parliament; she was the first Australian woman to do so. She is also remembered for working for the welfare and rights of children and women. In recognition of her contribution, Cowan has been depicted on Australia's fifty-dollar note since 1995.

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Iqbal Masih
(Children's Rights Activist)
Iqbal Masih
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Muridke, Pakistan
Died: April 16, 1995

Iqbal Masih was a Pakistani boy who brought to light the prevalence of bonded labor in Pakistan. Iqbal escaped his slavery, studied at the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, and helped liberate more than 3,000 Pakistani children from bonded labor. He was fatally shot at the age of 12. His life inspired the creation of many organizations like We Charity.

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Nandana Sen
(Actress Known for Her Roles in Films: ‘Black’, ‘Tango Charlie’, ‘Perfect Mismatch’, and ‘Sharpe’s Peril')
Nandana Sen
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Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Nandana Sen is an Indian actress, children's rights activist, children's author, and screenwriter. Apart from appearing in Indian films, Nandana Sen has also appeared in Italian, Canadian, and American films. She has also been playing an important role in fighting against the crisis of child trafficking. She has also written six children's books, including The Monkey Who Wanted to Fly.

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Florence Kelley
(American Social and Political Reformer and the Pioneer of the Term 'Wage Abolitionism')
Florence Kelley
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Birthdate: September 12, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 17, 1932

Florence Kelley was an American political and social reformer who pioneered the term wage abolitionism. Kelley's work for the minimum wage, children's rights, and eight-hour workdays are widely acclaimed today. After serving as the National Consumers League’s first general secretary, Florence Kelley helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.    

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Nasrin Sotoudeh
(Iranian Human Rights Lawyer)
Nasrin Sotoudeh
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Birthdate: May 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh is an Iranian human rights lawyer who has represented imprisoned activists following the Iranian presidential elections in June 2009 as well as convicts sentenced to death for offence committed when they were minors. In 2020, she was the subject of a documentary. In 2021, Nasrin Sotoudeh was named in Time magazine's Most Influential People in the World list.

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Tehmina Durrani
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Birthdate: February 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Tehmina Durrani is a Pakistani author and artist. She is also a well-known activist for women's and children's rights. She came to prominence after writing a book about being abused by her famous politician husband, Ghulam Mustafa Khar, who she divorced. She actively supports the social rehabilitation of women. She later married politician Shahbaz Sharif. 

Dominique Folloroux-Ouattara
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Birthdate: December 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
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Emily Greene Balch
(Central Leader of the 'Women's International League for Peace and Freedom' & Winner of 1946 Nobel Peace Prize)
Emily Greene Balch
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Birthdate: January 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 9, 1961
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Efua Sutherland
(Playwright)
Efua Sutherland
1
Birthdate: June 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Coast, Ghana
Died: January 2, 1996
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Amanda Smith
(American Methodist Preacher and Former Slave Who Opened an Orphanage for African-American Girls)
Amanda Smith
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Birthdate: January 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Green, Maryland, United States
Died: February 24, 1915

Born into slavery, Amanda Smith later stepped into freedom after her father bought his and his family’s freedom. Starting as a domestic help, she later became a missionary and a Holiness movement leader, who invested in women’s education wholeheartedly and even established an orphanage for Black girls.

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Sheila Kitzinger
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Birthdate: March 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taunton, England
Died: April 11, 2015
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Bertha Holt
(American Activist)
Bertha Holt
1
Birthdate: February 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: 2000 AD
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James P. Grant
(American Children's Advocate and Diplomat)
James P. Grant
1
Birthdate: May 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: January 28, 1995
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Khajidsuren Bolormaa
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Birthdate: January 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Lucy Flower
(Children's Rights Activist)
Lucy Flower
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Birthdate: May 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 27, 1921
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Akua Dansua
(Former Member of Ghana Parliament and Ambassador to Germany)
Akua Dansua
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Birthdate: April 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hohoe
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Christina Evangeline
(Kenan Thompson's Wife)
Christina Evangeline
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Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada