About Our President

JAYAMMA BANDARI


"Thousands of women today call me 'amma' (mother). It reflects their love and trust in me. This is the greatest honor for me."

(Jayamma Bandari)

 

"Humility, combined with an iron will to uplift the downtrodden. It is this unique combination that makes Jayamma the inspiring woman that she is." (Stella Paul)

 

 

Since 2001, Jayamma Bandari lives in Secunderabad and is managing our organisation, Chaithanya Mahila Mandali (CMM) with great care.

She helps women who suffer the same fate she once managed breaking out of.

 

 

JAYAMMA - AN ORPHAN

Jayamma lost her parents at the age of 3 and grew up at her grandparents' house, in a remote village at Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh, until the age of 17.

At the young age of 14 she lost her grandparents and her life changed drastically.

From now on Jayamma had to live under the care of her maternal uncle, who forced her to quit school and work as the main provider for the family instead.

Soon her uncle started looking for a bridegroom to wed Jayamma. As he could not pay for another marriage, he forced a man who was already married and had children to marry her anyways. Although, Jayamma did not have to marry this man in the end, the pressurisation of her uncle never stopped.

 

JAYAMMA - MOTHER AND WIFE

One day, Jayamma went to her cousin's wedding in Yadagirigutta. There she met a man and fell in love with him. Later he convinced her to marry him, they both left their families to marry at the Yadagirigutta Temple in 1995. Afterwards Jayamma started to live at her sister's house. Her husband continued living in Hyderabad but he frequently came, to visit Jayamma at the village in Nalgonda District.

In the course of time, Jayamma got pregnant and gave birth to a girl. Therefore the married couple decided to live together. They moved to Hyderabad, rented a house in Uppal and lived there as a family.

 

JAYAMMA´S TRAGEDY

Some years gone by and Jayammas husband got addicted to alcohol. He spent most of the family's money on his addiction and his behaviour and condition was getting worse. Moreover, her husband started insisting that she had to earn money for him and eventually introduced her to a broker so that she forcibly entered into sex work. She was confused and hurt and did not know, where she could go to get help with her situation. There were times where she wanted to end her life, but could not leave her innocent daughter behind. 

Jayamma made money, but she had no peace and her heart broke. Whenever she met a man, she thought about the unfortunate lifes and compared herself with more privileged women. She got addicted to alcohol to forget the pain and agony, which she felt exposed to after entering into prostitution.

 

At that time she had no knowledge about HIV and AIDS, about other sexually transmitted infections or about the possibility of using condoms, to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

 

 

 

 

JAYAMMA - A SOCIAL REFORMER

Jayamma experienced hardship herself, so she was able to understand other women’s issues and their reasons. Being kidnapped, procured illegally, repeatedly raped, beaten, sold, bought, wrongfully confined, mentally and physically abused, subjected to unnatural offences, tortured and injured by clients, husband and policemen – Jayamma began to bring these women together, created a network and started to fight. Unfortunately, the fights could not take place in public, because some of these women operated with the high network of illegal deeds.

 

JAYAMMA AND THE NGO

Mr Jaya Singh Thomas, a NGO executive from the "IRDS" in Hyderabad, took part at a HIV/AIDS prevention project for women in sex work and came into contact with Jayamma. After having noticed her leadership qualities and her ambition to restore the dignity and quality of women, he proposed her to join his team so that the NGO would facilitate her ideas to be implemented. At first she rejected the move, but the NGO did not stop trying until she was finally convinced of the idea.

 

JAYAMMA - FIRST WOMAN IN SEX WORK TO PURSUE A DIGNIFIED JOB

Jayamma had been asked by the NGO to take a Coordinator Position in the year 1999. The NGO was the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh, which adopted a community member in its project. Jayamma's life turned bright and she longed for the day when all these women would come together to fight against the human made disaster for the female community.

The NGO supported her idea of reforming the situation of sex workers. They succeeded with various strategies in uniting all women under one identity and got registered as Chaithanya Mahila Mandali (CMM) by Andhra Pradesh Telangana Area Public Societies Registration Act in the year of 2001.

 

JAYAMMA - MOTHER OF MANY AND OF CMM

Jayamma took over as the president of the association. She started to publish various issues of this particular community and formed private and governmental partnerships.

 

Since Chaithanya Mahila Mandali had been established, Jayamma has become a mother figure for many people. She was accessible all the time and had to deal with many difficult circumstances: Starting from police raids, issues with public in general, rented house owners, other women associations, clients, court cases or issues between community women and pimps/ brokers. But having seen the positive impact she made, many women began to take memberships and started benefitting.

Up until now Jayamma helped to shape many lives to the better. This includes, preventing many young women and adolescent girls from entering into sex work, sheltering and educating sex worker's children, rescuing women and children from the street and helping them to return home, or helping them to find alternative livelihoods. She had to face many difficulties throughout her live, as well as at the beginning of CMM, but now she can be proud of her achievements and she will continuously strive to better sex worker's lives in the future.

 

 

An impressive article about Jayamma, published in the "World pulse":

https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/stella-paul/posts/21254

 

RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS RECEIVED

  • Recognized as one of the advisory board members in Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Forum for HIV/AIDS, an initiative of UNAIDS in the year 2010
  • Received TV9' Naveena Mahila Award, Awarded by  Tv channel-TV9 for the years 2009-2010
  • Recognized  Member of the Core Committe Planning for National AIDS Control Program phase IV for the years (2013-2018)
  • Recognized  Member of the National CBO experts committee for capacity building training module finalization for NACP-phase-IV (2013-2018)
  • Elected as the State Representative (Andhra Pradesh which holds 10 % of National sex workers population) for All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW) in New Delhi (2012-2014)
  • Elected as the Joint-Secretary, for All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW), New Delhi (2012-2014) and now  Elected as Vice-President for the period of  2015-2017.
  • Elected as Joint-Secretary, for Telangana Voluntary Health Services(TVHA) a collective of about 50 NGOs working on various issues in the State for the duration of (2014-2015).
  • Elected as Secretary, for Telangana State Targeted Intervention forum for HIV/AIDS, a collective of about 59 NGOs working on various issues in the State for the duration of (2014-2015).
  • Received "Excellence Award for National Social Activity for Outstanding Individual Achievements and Distinguished Services to the Nation" on 15/02/2013 in New Delhi by the Global Achievers Foundation, India.
  • Received "The Mother Terasa Shiromani National Award" in New Delhi by Indian Solidarity Council in association with International Education and Management, 5th April 2013
  • Received on behalf of CMM " The best state level HIV Prevention Award" by Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS), in Hyderabad, on Dec.1.2013
  • Received "M.A.Thomas National Human Rights Award" in Hyderabad by Vigil India Movement,Bangalore on 20.Sep.2014.
  • Received on behalf of CMM " The best state level HIV Prevention Award" by Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS), in Hyderabad, on Dec.1.2014.
  • Received Mother Terasa National Service Award-2015 by the hands of Hon'ble WHIP Sri, Kopula Eswer,Govt.of Telangana in Hyderabad on 26th.August.2015.
  • Received Global Peace Award-2015,by the hands of Hon'ble Justic, Sri.Ramalingeswar Rao, High Court, Govt.of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad on 21 September.2015.
  • Received  Seva Ratna Award-2015 by the hands of Hon'ble MLA Smt.Geetha Reddy, Ex MP, (Minister-UPA Govt) in Hyderabad on 25th.September.2015.

Dear Friends,

 

we would be honoured by every penny of your contributions that shall directly impact a girl who is in a vulnerable situation dreaming of a safe future...

Would you be willing to contribute and join hands with us to make her dream come true?

 

Contribute Now 

 

Sincerely,

Bandari Jayamma 

President 



CMM-President Ms. Bandari Jayamma receives CII Woman Exemplar Award 2017 by the hands of Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India on April 27, 2017 at ITC Maurya, New Delhi

Chaithanya Happy Home Children activity being telecasted by Vanitha TV on May 18th, 2015

Ms. Bandari Jayamma, President of CMM, has been interviewed by TV5 News Channel, telecasted on December 21st, 2016

Testimony from a Beneficiary



 

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June 23rd. 2019

 

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