Ruchira Gupta(2019)

Ruchira Gupta is a feminist campaigner, writer, visiting professor at New York University, and founder of Indian anti-sex trafficking organization, Apne Aap Women Worldwide. She has testified to the US Senate for the passage of the first US Trafficking Victim Protection Act and has led survivors after the December 2016 bus rape for a new Indian anti-trafficking law. She advocated for the creation of the Trafficking Fund for Survivors at the United Nations by addressing the General Assembly and taking survivors to speak there and to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She has won an Emmy, the Clinton Global Citizen award, the UN NGO CSW Woman of Distinction of Award, and the highest French civilian distinction, the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. She has edited two anthologies titled River of Flesh & Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction and As If Women Matter: The Essential Gloria Steinem Reader, and is the editor of the bi-annual journal, Antyajaa: Indian Journal of Women and Social Change.