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Speakers

Social Activist, Film Producer, Author & Founder, Prajwala
Poet, Author, Podcaster & Speaker
Interlocutor
Social Activist, Stree Jagruti Samiti
Co-Founder, Swakshatra
Entrepreneur

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 9 Jul 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Over 30 Lakh Women and Children are reported to be involved in sex trafficking in India, with lakhs being forced into the industry every year, some of whom are as young as five years of age.

The eviction of women from a red-light district was the spark that lit Prajwala (literally, ‘the eternal flame’) in 1996. In the years since, the organisation has rescued 28,600 victims of sex slavery, rehabilitated 26,900 survivors, prevented 18,000 children from entering the sex trade, worked to create awareness on the harms of sex trafficking and sex buying, and litigated both to convict traffickers and to demand victim-centric policies from the state. Working with governments, the administration and police, Prajwala has helped thousands of women and children build new lives in the aftermath of sustained abuse.

I Am What I Am is the story of Prajwala’s journey and that of its charismatic, fiery founder, Sunitha Krishnan. In this powerful, moving memoir, Sunitha writes about her personal struggles as a child survivor of sexual assault, her unwavering determination to confront sex trafficking in India, the colossal odds stacked up against her mission and her unfaltering belief in a higher power to keep her steady in her fight.

Sunitha’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of one individual to ignite change in the face of overwhelming darkness.

In this session, Author and Activist Sunitha Krishnan will be in conversation with Poet, Author, Podcaster & Speaker Mohua Chinappa with readings by Geeta Menon, Bhavana Chiranjay and Kripa Sukumaran followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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Speakers

Sunitha Krishnan

Social Activist, Film Producer, Author & Founder, Prajwala

Activist, author and film producer, Sunitha Krishnan is the founder of Prajwala- Asia’s largest institution combating sex trafficking and sex crime. A recipient of the Padma Shri, Krishnan has been recognised as a Trafficking in Person Hero by the US government and was one of Newsweek’s 150 ‘Fearless Women in the World’. The therapeutic community of safe shelter homes established by her are considered an international best-practice model, and have ensured the dignity and lives of thousands of adult and child sex-trafficking survivors. Krishnan has also played an instrumental role in drafting several victim-centric policies, including the first ever anti-trafficking policy in India, a policy for minimum standards of care, a sex offenders registry and the introduction of video conferencing to record evidence of a trafficked victim. She has also worked to create several comprehensive training manuals and handbooks  for law enforcers, the judiciary and other duty bearers of India’s anti- trafficking ecosystem.

Mohua Chinappa

Poet, Author, Podcaster & Speaker

Mohua Chinappa, is an author, columnist and host of The Mohua Show, a TEDx speaker, a former journalist and a corporate communications specialist.

Her book that came out early this year Nautanki Saala And Other Stories (Cursive, Oak Publishers) shakes belief systems and is a collection of writing that lays bare the lives that form a testament to the cultural-economic shift in the last few decades. It also attempts to strengthen the feminist who hesitates in confiding. It was picked by the Daily Guardian as one of the eight best books of 2022. The PragatiE Vichaar Literary Festival awarded it the PVLF Best Debut Non Fiction Author Award 2023.

The other side of Mohua as a podcaster hosts The MOHUA Show, which started in 2020 with amplifying the voices of rising stars who were facilitating economic and social change in their respective environments. Since then the show has had over a million cumulative viewership and has hosted some of the most interesting profiles across the world like activists, authors, entrepreneurs, artists among many others. Mohua writes opinion pieces regularly for multiple publications.

She has been part of various discussions on career and gender topics as a speaker including at TEDx and Josh talks. She made The Election Commission Film, Karnataka 2019 and has also won several awards including the Change-maker Award from the Hon’ble Governor of Rajasthan and also from the Mumbai based social impact NGO Crowdera.

Geeta Menon

Social Activist, Stree Jagruti Samiti

Bhavana Chiranjay

Co-Founder, Swakshatra

Kripa Sukumaran

Entrepreneur