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An Indian activist who has tirelessly worked in eradicating the degrading practice of manual scavenging among India's untouchables, the dalits.

CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee BEZWADA WILSON

Fifty years old, BEZWADA WILSON has spent 32 years on his crusade, leading not only with a sense of moral outrage but also with remarkable skills in mass organizing, and working within India’s complex legal system. SKA has grown into a network of 7,000 members in 500 districts across the country. Of the estimated 600,000 scavengers […]

January 4, 2017

PHOTO EXHIBIT: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee BEZWADA WILSON

In India, manual scavenging is a blight on humanity. Consigned by structural inequality to the dalits, India’s “untouchables,” manual scavenging is the work of removing by hand human excrement from dry latrines and carrying on one’s head the baskets of excrement to designated disposal sites.  This degrading hereditary occupation involves 180,000 dalit households cleaning the […]

December 12, 2016

RESPONSE: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee BEZWADA WILSON

“This award goes to all the women who burnt their baskets to reject manual scavenging. And I dedicate this award to all those who lost their lives while cleaning the sewer lines. In this moment I remember my team members of Safai Karamchari Andolan spread across all states of India. They worked hard, indeed poured […]

December 9, 2016

IN PHOTOS: The 58th Ramon Magsaysay Awards

Relive the 58th Ramon Magsaysay Awards through choice highlights of some of the events during this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards Festival Week, and see the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees spread hope and inspiration through our curated gallery.RelatedCarpio Morales, Conchita (Awardee)Dompet Dhuafa (Awardee)Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (Awardee)Krishna, Thodur Madabusi (Awardee)Vientiane Rescue (Awardee)Wilson, Bezwada (Awardee) Ramon Magsaysay […]

October 24, 2016