GSN Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Efforts to Protect the Most Vulnerable


Pachaiyammal Arul, Empowered Women Award

Global Survivor Network Leadership Council members, Pachaiyammal and Victoria have been awarded accolades for their work in leadership and advocacy for survivors of violence around the world.

Pachaiyammal won two awards in March for her work fighting against bonded labour. She was referred to these awards by stakeholders who heard about her work and efforts to protect vulnerable people and rescue those in bonded labour. Pachaiyammal received the ‘Aalumai Pengal Viruthu’ or, ‘Empowered Women Award.’ She is one of only 21 people who have received this award, co-given by a local recreation club, CRR Clubs and Holidays, Lions Club, and educational trusts. Pachaiyammal then received the ‘Streeshakthi Award,’ given by Indian filmmaker Seenu Ramasamy as part of the channel’s initiative to honour extraordinary women. Both award ceremonies were televised. Pachaiyammal is a global leader and founding member of the RBLA, a group of survivors of bonded labour, and her testimony and hard work have helped save many vulnerable people from violence.

Pachaiyammal spoke to her lifelong dreams of freedom and success at the ceremonies:

“When I was a victim of bonded labour, I never imagined that my future would look like this. Whenever I saw an airplane, I used to think, ‘I wish I could fly one day’ and it happened. In freedom, I have won several awards, but I wished to win one in a television broadcast. I won two! I cannot believe it. My family is so proud of me. They are moved to tears. I am overjoyed!”

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Pachaiyammal Arul, Empowered Women Award

Global Survivor Network Leadership Council members, Pachaiyammal and Victoria have been awarded accolades for their work in leadership and advocacy for survivors of violence around the world.

Pachaiyammal won two awards in March for her work fighting against bonded labour. She was referred to these awards by stakeholders who heard about her work and efforts to protect vulnerable people and rescue those in bonded labour. Pachaiyammal received the ‘Aalumai Pengal Viruthu’ or, ‘Empowered Women Award.’ She is one of only 21 people who have received this award, co-given by a local recreation club, CRR Clubs and Holidays, Lions Club, and educational trusts. Pachaiyammal then received the ‘Streeshakthi Award,’ given by Indian filmmaker Seenu Ramasamy as part of the channel’s initiative to honour extraordinary women. Both award ceremonies were televised. Pachaiyammal is a global leader and founding member of the RBLA, a group of survivors of bonded labour, and her testimony and hard work have helped save many vulnerable people from violence.

Pachaiyammal spoke to her lifelong dreams of freedom and success at the ceremonies:

“When I was a victim of bonded labour, I never imagined that my future would look like this. Whenever I saw an airplane, I used to think, ‘I wish I could fly one day’ and it happened. In freedom, I have won several awards, but I wished to win one in a television broadcast. I won two! I cannot believe it. My family is so proud of me. They are moved to tears. I am overjoyed!”

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