Alma Grace Barla
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|Alma Grace Barla|
18 July 1982|
Sundargarh, Odisha, India
|Organization||Adivasi, International Group for Indigenous, Adivasi Vikas Sanstha, Delhi|
Alma Grace was born in the indigenous tribal (also known as Adivasi in India) dominant village of Sundargarh district in Odisha state of eastern India. Her family belonged to the Oraon tribe. She has experienced the struggles of rural women in access to education, employment and other infrastructures. Therefore, she has been advocating on rights and empowerment of tribal communities in particular in her various capacities. She also takes interest in reflecting Indian history and documenting the oral traditions of various tribes across regions and history in comparison
In 2004 Barla started her career as a journalist with the Indian Currents national weekly published from Delhi. Working as a journalist she confronted with a number of cases of violence perpetuated on young tribal girls and women working as domestic help in Delhi, and in the neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh etc. Moved by the regular reported incidences of economic exploitation, rape, molestation, physical and mental torture, mysterious deaths of tribal women domestic workers, she decided to work for their protection and welfare by voluntarily engaging herself with the like-minded civil societies in Delhi.