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India: see VijayawadaVijayawada
, formerly Bezwada,
city (1991 pop. 845,756), Andhra Pradesh state, SE India, near the Krishna River delta. It is a transportation and administrative hub and the trade center for the Eastern Ghats. It has an airport with connections to major Indian cities.
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Vishal Dhulipala (iD), (1) Prema Bezwada (iD), (2) Rashika Gottimukkula, (3) and Joseph Abboud (4)
Prema Bezwada, (1) Ahmed Quadri, (1) Atif Shaikh, (2) Ceasar Ayala-Rodriguez, (3) and Stuart Green (1)
(3) Mr Bezwada Wilson is a crusader against manual scavenging in India; this quote is from a public lecture at the Student Christian Movement of India, Bangalore in November 2012 (emphasis mine).
Bezwada Wilson, an anti-manual scavenging activist, speaks of a 5000-year old slavery that the Dalits have endured, which they want to shake off today.
Ramon Magsaysay award winner and activist Bezwada Wilson, who has been fighting to put an end to manual scavenging for the past 25 years, said that "Delhi is the worst" when it comes to manual scavenging.
Recognized for their 'greatness of spirit' were Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, Indian Karnatic musician Thodur Madabusi Krishna, Indian human rights activist Bezwada Wilson, the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, Laos' Vientiane Rescue and Indonesia's Dompet Dhuafa.
Bezwada Wilson, founder of Safai Karmachari Andolan, a national movement committed to the eradication of manual scavenging and rehabilitation of scavengers, blames lack of initiative on the part of authorities in emptying the tanks mechanically.
Bezwada MD et al--Cementless bipolar hemiarthroplasty for displaced femoral neck fractures in the elderly--The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 19, Issue 7, Supplement 2, October 2004, Pages 73-77.
The intervention applications were filed by prominent civil society activists, academics like Aruna Roy, Wajahad Habibullah, Nikhil Dey, Arundhati Roy, Harsh Mander, Jayati Ghose, Prabhat Patnaik, Indu Prakash Singh, Shailesh Gandhi and Bezwada Wilson.
Thirty-nine sewer workers died across India in a span of 100 days between April and July, 2017 while manually cleaning sewers, stated Bezwada Wilson, the national convenor of Safai Karmachari Andolan.
The six awardees who were referred to by Ramon Magsaysay Foundation President Carmencita Abella as 'Heroes of Asia' were Dompet Duafa, an Indonesian organization; Bezwada Wilson, an advocate of the anti-manual scavenging movement in India; Thodur Madabusi Krishna, a Karnatik musician and activist; Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers; Laotian rescue organization Vientiane Rescue, and Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
Summary: Magsaysay Award winner Bezwada Wilson is crusading to change the lives of women working as manual scavengers