CII Foundation


About The Woman Exemplars



Category: Education

We confer this Award on Ms Jayamma Bandari for her outstanding work in the field of education in Hyderabad. Jayamma’s untiring efforts have enabled children of sex workers to gain education and life skills, further preventing them from trafficking and violence.


Orphaned at a young age, Jayamma dropped out of school due to poverty. Later, domestic violence forced her to earn through sex work. She fought against all odds to quit the profession and set up Chaithanya Mahila Mandali (CMM), an NGO dedicated to the empowerment of women in sex work and their children.


Through large-scale campaigns and education drives, CMM enrols and retains children of sex workers in government schools. It builds positive learning environment for them, free of stigma. Jayamma also runs a home for 43 extremely vulnerable children to give them a safe and dignified childhood. CMM has prevented 3500 children from harm and instilled new hope in their lives.


Jayamma works actively with women in sex work and connects them to child care facilities, child protection schemes, skill trainings and alternative livelihoods. This has opened up possibilities that were once beyond their reach. She and her team have directly impacted 4428 women in sex work, of which 1000 are now engaged in alternative livelihoods.


Campaigning boldly and tirelessly with media, bureaucrats, police and international bodies, Jayamma is humanizing the struggles of women in sex work and building citizen action against trafficking.


CII Foundation salutes her indefatigable spirit and contribution to education for children and women from the most excluded segments of society.


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