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Speaker Series: Human Chain – How to Save the Planet & Ourselves with Ruchira Gupta

July 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


About the event

Thursday, July 18th from 5PM to 7PM. Doors open at 4PM for time to enjoy a glass of wine from the cash bar and explore Alnoba’s ground and art.

“I share my story of how I inadvertently became a leader in a global movement against sex-trafficking, how I felt overwhelmed again and again– on the verge of giving up – and how I overcame devastating obstacles for a world free of sexual violence-girl by girl and law by law.

I am an activist, who was a journalist. As a reporter I stumbled upon rows of villages with missing girls in Nepal and went on to tell their story in a documentary. I won an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism and decided to use the award to make a difference.

I did not look for a leader from above, nor wait for a golden future or depend on someone to create a better world on some other planet. I created a human chain. And you can too.

This book is a simple roadmap for how to do it. It is for all the women, men and young people who want to reclaim their bodies and planet earth from plunder and domination. You might find some useful clues in my story.” – Ruchira Gupta

More about the speaker


Ruchira Gupta is an Emmy winning journalist and founder of the anti sex trafficking NGO Apne Aap, that empowers women and girls to exit systems of prostitution. I Kick and I Fly is her debut fiction novel and will be available for purchase at our event.

She has been awarded the French Ordre National du Mérite, the Clinton Global Citizen Award, and the UN NGO CSW Woman of Distinction, among other honors, for her contribution to the establishment of the UN Trafficking Fund for Survivors, the passage of the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act and her grassroots activism with Apne Aap. She also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Smith College. She has co-written a book with Gloria Steinem, As if Women Matter and edited two anthologies, River of Flesh and “Renu’s letters to Birju Babu”.

Ruchira has worked for the United Nations in Nepal, Thailand, Kosovo, Iran, and the USA. She occasionally teaches at the New York University’s Center for Global Affairs as a visiting faculty.

Ruchira divides her time between New York and Forbesganj, her childhood home in the foothills of the Himalayas, where she furthers the work of Apne Aap and paints her mother’s garden.





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