“I was abandoned by my husband shortly after my 3rd child was born. I was not even 18 years old at that time. I had my whole life in front of me and three children to raise. I did not allow myself to lose hope. I pulled myself together and went back to school to complete my education. All around me,

I saw my community suffer immense deprivation. Children were dying from malnutrition and starvation. I got together with other tribal women and starting working for their rights. I was given a nominal honorarium for my work by the Community Bases Organisation, which helped me make ends me.

During this time, CRY awarded me a fellowship, which helped me expand my work to 13 villages in the Dabhora block of Rewa district. In 2007, along with the support of the community and CRY, we formed Samaj Chetna Adhikar Manch (SCAM) to ensure the rights of the community. Any child right and human right violations were reported to National and State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights. Due to our tireless crusades, we ensured that the marginalised communities received the state support that was due to them.

In 2013, I was awarded the Alex Memorial Award for my work in the area of Malnutrition, Environment, Education and Land rights. I’ve come a long way from a destitute, abandoned woman, but when I see the injustice that my community faces, I know that I cannot stop until justice is served.”

Siyadulari  Adivasi
CRY National Child Rights Research fellow, 
Madhya Pradesh

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