A Conversation with Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta (4 parts)





Apne Aap Women Worldwide

Apne Aap prevents sex trafficking by building the capacity of girls, women and children in slums and red-light areas to organize in small groups that seek and get access to education, livelihood and legal protection.

It works in Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
It has put 854 children from red-light areas in school.
It has established 59 small business cooperatives of women survivors of prostitution.
It has trained 2,000 police officers on victim-friendly investigation in human trafficking cases.
It is campaigning for a change in the Indian anti-trafficking law for the severe punishment of traffickers and buyers and budget allocations for dignified life sustaining alternatives for victims and survivors.
It sits on the Steering Committee for women and children of the Planning Commission of India and is researching the connection between caste discrimination and prostitution for the National Commission for Women.
Apne Aap means self help in Hindi.

Profile of Ruchira Gupta

Our founder, Ruchira Gupta

Ruchira Gupta, Founder President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide has worked for 25 years for womens and girls rights, especially the ending of their sex trafficking. She founded Apne Aap in 2002 – a grassroots organization working on the issue of human trafficking and womens rights. Today Apne Aap impacts the lives and livelihoods of thousands of women and children.

Ruchira has received numerous global and national awards and recognition, which highlight her consistent contribution in the field. Her list of honours include an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism for her documentary, ‘The Selling of Innocents, on the trafficking of women and children from the villages of Nepal to the brothels of Bombay and the Abolitionist Award at the UK House of Lords in 2007. She has also been honored at the White House for her work to combat trafficking.

Her testimony to the United States Senate had a direct role in the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 2000. She is a member of various governmental and multi-lateral organizations. She sits on the Steering Committee for the Planning Commission of the Government of India for the 11th Five-year Plan for Women and Children and was a member of the Working group on Child Protection of the Ministry of Women and Children. She is on the advisory board of Asia Society, New York, Vital Voices, Washington DC, Ricky Martin Foundation and the Coalition against Trafficking in Women, Asia-Pacific. She has worked in the United Nations in various capacities for over ten years in Nepal, Thailand, Philippines, Kosovo, USA, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Iran to develop National Action Plans on womens empowerment and laws against human trafficking.

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