Each month Media Voices for Children presents interviews with leading global advocates for the human rights of children.

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2003 Interview with Dr. Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya (Africa) in 1940. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Professor Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964). Professor Maathai was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976-87 and was its chairman from 1981-87. In 1976, while she was serving the National Council of Women, Professor Maathai introduced the idea of community-based tree planting. She continued to develop this idea into a broad-based grassroots organization whose main focus is poverty reduction and environmental conservation through tree planting.
Len Morris shot this interview with Dr. Wangari Maathai for the film Stolen Childhoods in 2003.

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Kailash Satyarthi: Ending the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Born in 1954 in Vidisha, India, Kailash worked to help under-privileged students from a very early age. He is the founder of the Global March Against Child Labour, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS), and the world’s first child labour-free social labelling system, RUGMARK.
Kailash leads raid and rescue missions despite several attacks on his life. He and his colleagues at BBA have liberated over 76,129 bonded and child labourers and helped rehabilitate and provide education to tens of thousands of children.

This interview discussing the promise of Education for All was shot in 2000.

For a transcript of this interview, click here

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Interview with Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman

Executive Director of the National Center for Children and Families Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman speaks about the particular impact of homelessness on children, and how the community can support homeless parents in their efforts to shelter and nurture their children.

Interviewer: Georgia Morris

Dr. Brissett Chapman has spent her career working in child protection and has led The National Center for Children and Families for the past twenty years.

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Interview with Peter Singer

Len Morris interviewed philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer in July 2007. Singer discusses poverty and the moral obligations of wealthy countries. Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He has focused particularly on animal rights and world poverty in his work.

This interview was recorded in 2007. For an updated account of Peter Singer’s views on world poverty, we recommend his recent book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. You may also visit the related website, www.thelifeyoucansave.com

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Interview

Bishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches.

This interview was shot in 2008.