Children's Rights Activists

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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 1 Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: July 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mingora, Swat, 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.

 2 Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart
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Famous As: Activist
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.

 3 Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw
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Famous As: Baseball Pitcher
Birthdate: March 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

An eight-time MLB All-Star, Clayton Kershaw is an American professional baseball player, often described as the best pitcher in the history of baseball. Also known for his humanitarian work, Clayton Kershaw has been honored with the Branch Rickey Award and Roberto Clemente Award. A prolific donator, Kershaw donated $260,000 to build an orphanage called Hope's Home.

 4 Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 5 Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

At fourteen, singer Dua Lipa began her career by posting covers of famous songs on YouTube. She soon signed a contract with Warner Music Group and shot into fame with the release of her eponymous chart topping debut album. Since then, she has released her critically acclaimed second album, bagged two Grammys and created history at 2018 BRIT Awards.

 6 Ally Walker

Ally Walker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tullahoma, Tennessee, US
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 7 Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi
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Famous As: Child Rights Activist
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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 8 Sean Hepburn Ferrer

Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Famous As: Film Producer
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.

 9 Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom

Sophie Thompson is a British actress known for her portrayal of the Baker's Wife in the London revival of Into the Woods, for which she received the Olivier Award under the Best Actress in a Musical category. She has received six other nominations at the Olivier Awards. Also a writer, Thompson has authored a recipe book and a children's book.

 10 Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 11 Bernice King

Bernice King
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Famous As: Minister
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.

 12 Cassie Scerbo

Cassie Scerbo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
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 13 Paul Petersen

Paul Petersen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glendale, California, USA

 14 Donna Rice

Donna Rice
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 15 Ryan Merriman

Ryan Merriman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Choctaw, Oklahoma, United States

 16 Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15, 2012

 17 Amanda Brugel

Amanda Brugel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pointe Claire, Qu├ębec, Canada

Best known for her award-winning role of Rita in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, Canadian actor Amanda Brugel is also known for her roles in films such as Sex After Kids and series such as Paradise Falls. She has also launched Brugs Army, a non-profit body for women and children.

 18 Shiva Rose

Shiva Rose
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

 19 Nandana Sen

Nandana Sen
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 20 Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger
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Famous As: Canadian Author
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.  

 21 Nandita Das

Nandita Das
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delhi, India

Born to painter Jatin Das and author Varsha Das, Nandita Das was initially associated with NGOs. She later proved herself to be a fine actor and director. She has impressed audiences with her socially relevant films such as Fire and Bawandar and has also spearheaded the Dark is Beautiful campaign.

 22 Hunter Tylo

Hunter Tylo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

 23 Iqbal Masih

Iqbal Masih
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Famous As: Children's Rights Activist
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.

 24 Edith Cowan

Edith Cowan
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Famous As: Social Campaigner
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.

 25 Florence Kelley

Florence Kelley
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Famous As: Social Reformer
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.    

 26 Dominique Folloroux-Ouattara

Dominique Folloroux-Ouattara
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: December 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria

 27 Emily Greene Balch

Emily Greene Balch
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Famous As: Social Activist
Birthdate: January 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 9, 1961

 28 Tehmina Durrani

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

 29 Efua Sutherland

Efua Sutherland
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Coast, Ghana
Died: January 2, 1996

 30 Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith
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Famous As: Leader
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.

 31 Grace Abbott

Grace Abbott
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Famous As: Social Worker
Birthdate: November 17, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 19, 1939

Grace Abbott is best remembered for her efforts toward securing reformation of child labor laws and the betterment of the work conditions of immigrant laborers. After her graduation, she moved to Hull House, where she focused on social work. She later penned books such as The Immigrant and the Community.

 32 Julia Lathrop

Julia Lathrop
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Famous As: Social worker
Birthdate: June 29, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: April 15, 1932

Born to a well-known lawyer, Julia Lathrop initially worked in her father’s law office and later turned into a full-fledged social reformer working on areas such as education and children’s welfare. She also created history by serving as the first director of the U.S. Children’s Bureau.

 33 Sheila Kitzinger

Sheila Kitzinger
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taunton, England
Died: April 11, 2015

 34 Bertha Holt

Bertha Holt
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: 2000 AD

 35 James P. Grant

James P. Grant
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: May 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: January 28, 1995

 36 Akua Dansua

Akua Dansua
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Famous As: Ghanaian Politician
Birthdate: April 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hohoe

 37 Khajidsuren Bolormaa

Khajidsuren Bolormaa
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

 38 Terry Saban

Terry Saban
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Famous As: Nick Saban's Wife
Birthdate: January 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States

 39 Lucy Flower

Lucy Flower
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Famous As: Children's Rights Activist
Birthdate: May 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 27, 1921

 40 Christina Evangeline

Christina Evangeline
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Famous As: Kenan Thompson's Wife
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 41 Isra Hirsi

Isra Hirsi
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Famous As: Co-founder and served as the co-executive director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike
Birthdate: February 22, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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