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Puja Marwaha

Wanting to put her HR skills to good use, Puja Marwaha joined the NGO CRY (Child Rights and You) in 1994. She has been the CEO of the organization for 10 years now.
Puja Marwaha has been the CEO of CRY for the last 10 years. After completing her HR from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Puja wanted to put her HR skills to good use, and made the transition from corporate to social sector early in her career. That’s when she joined CRY in 1994. Puja believes that children should be at the heart of all human development work, which reveals her interest and involvement in children and building their potential. Over the course of her work, Puja has been involved in the nurturing of a large number of organisations and people, enabling them to connect at the level of individual belief, to the vision of all rights, for all children. Over the last 26 years with CRY, Puja has played a major role in the NGO’s development. Her work is focused on creating an organisational framework that attempts to better the approach towards children, and make a change in the lives of underprivileged children. She is also on the board for VANI – Voluntary Action Network India – in an endeavour to strengthen public mobilisation for social causes.


Awards and Recognitions
YourStory's 100 Digital Influencers of 2020
Puja specialises in talking about social issues surrounding children including child labour, child marriage, trafficking, education, menstrual awareness, etc. Most of her writing is children-centric. She often highlights the dire situation of underprivileged children in her writing. This year, owing to the pandemic, she also highlighted the growing issues of child labour and child marriage after children have lost their safe space in schools. “The lesser the job prospects, the more the trenches – and bigger financial crises in families that barely survive on basics. This is simple math. The complexity lies in the excesses that will be curtailed. Sadly, for families living at the brink of losing their all, education becomes one of these excesses, especially with a trend to shift to methods of e-learning to maintain social distancing norms.”