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Friday April 11

A great night for  Glimpses of Asia


a great event for Apne Aap.

     One hundred and fifty people crowded the house and garden near Khan Market graciously offered by one of our AWA members. Every photo was auctioned and 38 lucky guests came away high bidders. Our colleagues from Apne Aap offered news of the organization and provided inspiration for further bidding, though we missed Apne Aap founder Ruchira Gupta who had to be in New York that night.

Apne Aap works in Delhi, West Bengal and Bihar; today they reach over 15,000 women and girls through a community empowerment model that helps provide choices to women trafficked and exploited by those in the sex industry.

This particular fundraiser helped inform people who might not otherwise know about Apne Aap though an enjoyable fundraiser- and it gave some publicity to our local photographers as well.  We raised over 2.5 lakh so far; this will go to Apne Aap for their educational initiatives.

Some photos will be available as reprints at the high bid price! Stay tuned for an upcoming post with opportunities to buy – all proceeds continue to go to Apne Aap.

Competition winners:

Landscape: Jill Sinclair, Early Morning Dal Lake, Kashmir11 Early Morning, Dal Lake

Cityscape: Melinda Ruck, Colors of Old Delhi

42 Colors of Old Delhi P4

Close-up: Elia Shea, Perspective

27 Perspective

Most Coveted: Mark Bell, Taj Apocalypse

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And Portrait: Marianne van Loo, A Hard Day’s Work (not shown)

Some scenes of the evening….    

Apne Aap

desivoicegloria_steinem_cove_pageYes, that’s Gloria Steinem and yes, this is a link to Apne Aap. But the connection is apt. Steinem is ‘mother’ to many a feminist organization, and Apne Aap is a fitting daughter.  This book of Steinem’s writings was edited and annotated by Ruchira Gupta, head of Apne Apt, with the goal of spreading Steinem’s works to an Indian audience.

Apne Aap was founded by twenty-two women from Mumbai’s red light district, with a vision of “a world where no woman could be bought or sold.”  Those twenty-two women had been part of an award winning documentary (The Selling of Innocents, 1996) which exposed human trafficking in India and Nepal.

After the documentary those women slowly found solace in each other and, with support from others, began to band together.  Apne Aap’s vision grew;  the women reached out to others trapped in prostitution and organized self-empowerment programs.

Cool-Men-Video-Screen-Shot-215x140-215x140Today none of those twenty-two women are alive; all have been lost to hunger, AIDS, and suicide.  But he work of Apne Aap continues in the communities of West Bengal, Bihar, and Delhi.

I chose Apne Aap as the organizational beneficiary of the 2014 Glimpses of Asia Photo Exhibit and Silent Auction. I am thrilled to do whatever small part we can.  Look up their work and see what you too can do.

Glimpses of Asia: April 11

“Glimpses Poster V2 JPEGSave the date!  Photos selected, framers working, NGO picked, posters at the printer.  See sample photos and more info on my “Glimpses of Asia” page under Current Projects.