Jaya Arunachalam

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Jaya Arunachalam
Born (1935-02-08) 8 February 1935 (age 83)
Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Social worker
Women's welfare activist
Awards Padma Shri
Vital Voices Global Leadership Award
International Activist Award
Rashtriya Ekta Award
Jamnalal Bajaj Award
Website WWF website

Jaya Arunachalam is an Indian social worker and the founder of Working Women's Forum, a non governmental organization based in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, working for the welfare of marginalized women.[1] Starting in 1978, she channeled her activities under the aegis of the forum for organizing poor working women and provided them with seed capitals as micro credit, with assistance from banks, to start their own small businesses.[1]

Arunachalam was born on 8 February 1935[2] in Tamil Nadu in a Brahmin family and has master's degree in economics and geography.[3] She is a member of the governing council of the Society for International Development, Rome, the first woman from south Asia to sit in the council.[4]


She is a recipient of many awards such as Global Leadership Award for Economic Development from Vital Voices, International Activist Award (2003) from the Gliestman Foundation, California, and the Rashtriya Ekta Award from the National Awareness Forum, India.[4] The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1987.[5] She received the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2009.[2] In 2010, she was chosen for the Social Lifetime Achievement Award in the Godfrey Philips National Bravery Awards. The award recognises individuals who have selflessly spent their lives working for the betterment of society.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Empowering the women of Madras". BBC News. 23 August 2002. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Jamnalal Bajaj Award". Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "A Lifelong Champion Of India's Poorest Women". Washington Post. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Fight against poverty". The Hindu. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Lifetime achievement award for Jaya Arunachalam". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2010-11-05. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
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