International Activist Ruchira Gupta Visits Katonah

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Gloria Steinem, Ricky Martin, Hillary Clinton, Ashley Judd, Bill Clinton, Ashton Kutcher, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have all had the honor.  And now it’s your turn.  Meet international activist Ruchira Gupta at Katonah Village Library. Gupta is the president and founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a non-profit that works to end sex trafficking in India. Gupta will share her inspiring story, beginning as a journalist filming a documentary, The Selling of Innocents, which won the 1997 Emmy Award. Unable to walk away from the women she filmed, Gupta founded Apne Aap (“self help” in Hindi), gaining international acclaim for her work, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009) and the Abolitionist Award at the U.K. House of Lords (2007). In 2008 and 2009, Gupta addressed the U.N. General Assembly on human trafficking. Her work has been featured in 11 books, including Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof.
Following the presentation, Gupta will answer questions and attend a wine and cheese reception. The evening is sponsored by the Katonah Education Exchange Program (KEEP), a local group that raises funds to underwrite programming for Apne Aap. At the reception, the KEEP founders will be unveiling several new initiatives in their second year of collaboration with Apne Aap.
Event details:  Admission: Free.  Katonah Village Library, October 11, 7:30 pm.
About Apne Aap:  Apne Aap (”self help” in Hindi) is a non-profit dedicated to ending sex trafficking in India. Working with rural girls at risk of being sold into brothels, and in the red-light districts with victims and their children, they enable “women and girls to form small self-empowerment groups that help them rescue themselves and transform their communities”.  Apne Aap also encourages politicians and police to fight sex trafficking.  Among other projects, Apne Aap runs a hostel and several community centers for at-risk girls aged 10 to 16 in Bihar, a state in northern India. Within “Kishori Mandals” (girls’ groups) at the hostel and several community centers, Apne Aap provides tutoring, English language instruction, non-formal education (including sewing, karate, nutrition workshops, self-advocacy and life skills classes) and medical care. Girls who have no home or an unsafe living situation are given room and board at the hostel. When needed, Apne Aap pays for the girls to attend the local government schools. Without this help and protection, many of these girls would be sold into brothels. Instead, as they grow into independent, educated members of their communities, they will change their world, one girl at a time.  For additional information, visit www.ApneAap.org.