31 Oct, 2015
Washington/New York: Indian social activist and founder of Sulabh sanitation movement Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak has been selected for the 2016 prestigious “New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award.”
Following the visit to witness examples of Dr Pathak’s great works by New York Global Leaders Dialogue Chairman Mr Phil Scanlan and esteemed Advisory Council members Ms Pam Kwatra and Mr Ketan Patel, the New York Global Leaders Dialogue at its board meeting in New York selected Dr. Pathak. He is a great humanist and known as a social reformer for his 42 years long campaign against untouchability in different parts of India.
In making the announcement from New York, Mr Scanlan said, “The New York Global Leaders Dialogue is privileged to honor Dr Bindeshwar Pathak at the 2016 leadership dinner April 12 at the Harvard Club, New York. Dr Pathak is a great humanitarian who for decades has enhanced the quality of life for millions of fellow human beings. He embodies our philosophy of leadership, namely, that leadership is focused on creating collaborative new space in the service of others. We are especially attracted to leaders who transform lives for the better, and Dr Pathak stands tall in embodying these rarest of qualities.”
The New York Global Leaders Dialogue thought leadership platform fosters international understanding, collaboration, harmony, inter generational connectivity, cultural enrichment and human dignity–standing at the intersection of public, private sectors and civil society. Leaders worldwide welcome the opportunity to meet as equals, exchange ideas, embrace and contribute ideas to resolve planetary challenges, and nurture cohorts of younger leaders.
Advisory Council member Ms. Pam Kwatra through a press statement said: “My colleagues and I have been motivated by the way an Indian sanitation activist through his movement is changing the lives of millions of Indians. It’s highly commendable that his work is restoring the dignity of the marginalized and mainstreaming them in society.”
Ms Kwatra lauded, “Dr. Pathak’s belief that providing the simple things we take for granted such as toilets can be a tool for social change and that innovation is integral to improving the lives of those on the margins of society.”
Dr. Pathak established Sulabh International — a Social and Behavior Change Coalition — to promote the adoption of improved hygiene practices across the country.
Sulabh, which engages nearly 50,000 people, has constructed nearly 1.3 million household toilets and 54 million government toilets based on an innovative toilet design. Nearly 15 million people use these toilets daily. Apart from the construction of toilets, the organization is leading a movement to discourage manual cleaning of human waste.