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Fact Box: Jaya Arunachalam

Jaya Arunachalam, Indian social worker and founder of Working Women’s Forum (WWF) died at age of 87 in Chennai. She was also a pioneer of the women’s Self Help group (SHG) movement in the country.

About Dr. Jaya Arunachalam

She was a graduate in Economics and Geography. In 1999 she was awarded honorary doctorate by University of Lueneberg, Germany.

Through WWF she helped lakhs of women from underprivileged background to organise themselves towards becoming financially independent.


She is recipient of Padma Shri (1987), Jamnalal Bajaj Award (2009) for her work towards welfare of women and children.

In 2003 she recieved International Activist Award by Glietsman Foundation and Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Social Lifetime Achievement Award (2010).

About Working Women’s Forum

It is a women’s organisation that was founded Jaya Arunachalam in Madras (Chennai) in 1978.

It is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Indian state of Tamil Nadu, working for welfare of marginalized women.

Objective: To empower poor women in southern India by providing them microcredits, a trade union, health care and training.

It works with poor women who work in informal sector like street vendors, silkworm growers and silk weavers, washerwomen, handicraft producers and fisherwomen.

Two Organisations closely related to WWF-

  1. Indian Co-operative Network for Women (ICNW): It provides loans
  2. National Union of Working Women (NUWW): It is a trade union

Aparna Kumar becomes 1st IPS Officer to complete 7 Summits Challenge

Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and DIG Frontier in Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Aparna Kumar recently scaled North America’s Highest Peak Denali (20,310 feet) in Alaska, USA. With this she became 1st civil servant to climb the rare mountain. She scaled this summit in her 3rd attempt.

Key Highlights

Mount Denali in Alaska was her seventh Summit in her mission ‘Seven Summits’ Challenge. By scaling Mt. Denali she completed her ‘Seven Summits’ Challenge.

She is the 1st civil servant and IPS officer to achieve this rare feat.

She also became 1st woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete South Pole expedition

Aparna Kumar– She is 2002 batch Uttar Pradesh (UP) Cadre IPS officer. She has been posted at Northern Frontier Headquarters of ITBP in Dehradun.

What is ‘Seven Summits’ Challenge?

It is the name given to challenge of climbing highest point in each of the 7 continents.

1st such challenge was completed in 1985 when Dick Bass, Texas oil tycoon reached summit of Mt Everest. Currently over 300 people have completed the ‘Seven Summits Challenge’.

The Seven Summit inlcudes

  1. Carstensz Pyramid– 4884m; Location: Oceania (Australia – New Guinea)
  2. Kilimanjaro– 5892m; Location: Africa
  3. Elbrus– Height: Location: Russia
  4. Aconcagua Height: 6962m; Location: South America
  5. Denali (or Mt McKinley)- Height: 6194m; Location: North America
  6. Vinson Massif– Height- 4892m; Location: Antarctica
  7. Mt. Everest– Height- 8848m; Location: Asia