Press Releases

  • AAWC wins AmeriCares Spirit of Humanity – Jury’s Choice Award 2014 17 April 2014 Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) has been selected from more than 200 Indian NGOs for the Jury’s Choice Award at the 5th annual Spirit of Humanity Award sponsored by the AmeriCares India Foundation. The competition was supervised by KPMG and supported by leading health organisations, including Abbott, Novartis, Bharat Serums, and Baxter. Read more »»

  • Canadian Governor General’s wife visits AAWC’s new Kamathipura centre during nine-day State visit to India 3 Mar 2014 Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, wife of the Governor General of Canada, visited AAWC on Saturday during Canada’s nine-day State visit to India. The event inaugurated AAWC’s new Kamathipura centre and was comprised of an orientation session regarding AAWC’s programs and impact, an interactive session with alumni and current members, and a round of games with the Udaan girls. Read more »»

  • AAWC concludes successful 15th anniversary fundraising campaign via GlobalGiving 15 Jan 2014 During the 2013 holiday season, AAWC launched our 15th anniversary fundraising campaign through GlobalGiving, an international online fundraising platform. We are pleased to announce that we will give 10% of funds raised to Shweta Katti, an AAWC alumnus who currently attends Bard College in New York. Read more »»

  • UK resident returns to Mumbai to run marathon for AAWC 31 Dec 2013 Despite running in marathons around the world for the past 10 years, Avanish Kumar, 38, admits he did not become passionate about running until he paired it with a social cause. This January, he will travel from the United Kingdom to Mumbai to run in the 2014 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon for Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC), an anti-trafficking NGO in Mumbai’s red light area. Read more »»

  • AAWC and Thomson Reuters announce successful conclusion of three-month capacity-building partnership 13 Dec 2013 Last Friday, AAWC and Thomson Reuters Corporation successfully concluded Generate, a three-month corporate social responsibility program designed by Impact International. By connecting AAWC to a team of six Thomson Reuters employees chosen from around the world, Generate functioned as a capacity-building opportunity for AAWC and a leadership development opportunity for the Thomson Reuters team. Read more »»

  • Marathi actor Aditi Sarangdhar celebrates Navratri and Diwali with AAWC 30 Oct 2013 Yesterday, AAWC welcomed Marathi actor Aditi Sarangdhar as chief guest of the Navratri & Diwali celebration for Udaan members. A philosophy graduate of Ruia College and an actor well known for her portrayal of strong female leads, Sarangdhar encouraged the girls to pursue their academic studies and personal interests. Richard Bale, Consul General for Canada in Mumbai, and his wife Susan Laidlaw, a weekly tutor at AAWC, also attended the festive occasion. Read more »»

  • AAWC partners with Kidville India for second event in 15th anniversary celebration series 3 Sep 2013 Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) continued its 15th anniversary celebration series with an event for Umang toddlers at Kidville India’s flagship store in Worli today. Umang members enjoyed an afternoon in Kidville’s upscale gymnasium, followed by unique art classes, a puppet show, a music-and-movement class, and a foray into culinary chemistry. The children all received gift bags and balloons as souvenirs of the celebration. Read more »»

  • AAWC launches first celebration of 15th anniversary 29 Jul 2013 This Saturday, AAWC launched the first of a series of celebrations in honor of its 15th anniversary with a keynote speech from Hasan Kamal, a prominent Urdu journalist. The program featured the stories of our most successful alumni, including a junior chef at an international luxury five-star hotel; Paru Dhanwade, an AAWC teacher certified by Nirmala Niketan Institute Of Social Work; and Shweta Katti, one of Newsweek’s 2013 "Women in the World: 25 Under 25 Young Women to Watch". Read more »»

  • AAWC alumnus Shweta Katti receives four-year scholarship to a U.S. university 3 May 2013, updated 14 Jun 2013 AAWC alumnus Shweta Katti received news yesterday of her admission to Bard College in New York on a four-year full-tuition scholarship. This remarkable achievement followed her admission in January 2013 to the Unreasonable Institute’s Semester at Sea program, an interdisciplinary studies program aboard a circumnavigating ship. Katti has since been featured on CNN and in Newsweek’s "Women in the World: 25 Under 25 Young Women to Watch" alongside Malala Yousafzai. Read more »»

  • AAWC inspires Vodafone Foundation’s Red Rickshaw Revolution 18 Mar 2013 After a nine-day auto-rickshaw ride from Delhi to Mumbai to raise awareness and funds for female empowerment in India, the passengers of Vodafone Foundation’s Red Rickshaw Revolution were welcomed this morning at Vodafone headquarters by Cherie Blair. The campaign began originally as a way to raise money for AAWC and eventually spanned 1,800km and five states, reached 12.5 million Twitter users and 18,000 Facebook users, and raised INR 30 million for its three NGO partners. Read more »»

  • Marathi actor Ketaki Thatte celebrates Holi and International Women’s Day with AAWC 8 Mar 2013 At today’s dual celebration of Holi and International Women’s Day for Umeed members, AAWC welcomed as chief guest Ketaki Thatte, a prominent Marathi actor in film, television, and theatre. Thatte shared stories about about her role portraying a woman in prostitution for a new Marathi play and encouraged the Umeed members to leave the brothel industry. Read more »»

  • Bollywood celebrity Amole Gupte celebrates Navratri with AAWC 29 Oct 2012 At this Saturday’s Navratri celebration for Udaan members, AAWC welcomed as chief guest Amole Gupte, a prominent Bollywood celebrity. The girls performed the Garba dance, a retelling of the epic battle between the bull-demon Mahishasura and the invincible goddess Durga to whom the Navratri festival is devoted. Afterwards, Gupte engaged them with a lively speech to stay focused on school and presented awards to the girls for various academic and creative achievements. Read more »»

  • AAWC selected to receive proceeds from The Oberoi Melting Pot 2012 15 Oct 2012 This Sunday, AAWC was one of four organisations selected to showcase its work and receive proceeds from The Oberoi Melting Pot, an annual culinary festival featuring fine dining and dance performances sponsored by consulates from 27 different countries. Thousands of visitors attended and were able to learn about the challenges faced by women and children in Mumbai’s red light area and about the services that AAWC provides. Read more »»

  • AAWC selected to participate in Dasra Social-Impact 21 Sep 2012 AAWC has been selected as one of 50 high-impact organisations to join the seventh cohort of Dasra Social-Impact (DSI), an executive education program for leaders in the social and social enterprise sectors. Read more »»

  • AAWC members invited by Bollywood director Amole Gupte to attend Cinema 100 4 Jun 2012 This Saturday, Ùdaan members were invited by Bollywood director Amole Gupte to attend Cinema 100, a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema hosted by the Whistling Woods International Institute. The girls played games and took quizzes, explored galleries of photos and other artifacts, and watched 3-D film excerpts from Indian classics. After the screenings, they took photographs with Bollywood directors Gupte, Chetan Anand, and Whistling Woods founder Subhash Ghai. Read more »»

  • AAWC launches overnight shelter at Kamathipura centre 1 Aug 2011 AAWC launched an overnight shelter at its Kamathipura centre for members of the Udaan program (girls of ages 6-18). The shelter seeks to provide a safe living space for girls whom AAWC outreach workers determine to be at highest risk of being coerced into prostitution and complements AAWC’s existing practice of placing at-risk girls into boarding homes and shelter homes with our partner organisations. Read more »»

  • Two AAWC alumni become junior chefs at international luxury five-star hotel and resort 1 Jun 2011 Two AAWC alumni have joined the ranks of an international luxury five-star hotel as junior chefs upon completing the company’s prestigious three-year hotel management program. One of them, Kavita Jain*, has also recently won the Hans Bueschkens World Junior Chefs Challenge at the regional, zonal, and national rounds and has been selected to represent Asia in the semi-final round. Jain hopes to use this career opportunity to relocate her family from Mumbai’s red light area. Read more »»

  • AAWC opens second centre at Kamathipura with support from CRY 4 Mar 2011 AAWC inaugurated the opening of its second centre with the support of Child Rights and You (CRY), an organisation that advocates for children’s rights in India. The new centre will provide AAWC’s existing programs to a significantly wider population of women and children living in the red light area. AAWC is the first NGO serving the red light area to be selected as a partner of CRY and has received funds from CRY to conduct a baseline survey of women and children in Kamathipura. Read more »»

  • AAWC announces rebranding 1 Jan 2011 AAWC has recently come under international scrutiny due to confusion with another NGO founded by Ruchira Gupta called Apne Aap Women Worldwide (AAWW), which has been exposed by Harvard University’s student newspaper for misuse of donor funds. As both organisations are often known as “Apne Aap”, we would like to make clear that our organisation, Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC), is not in any way affiliated with Gupta or Apne Aap Women's Worldwide (AAWW). Read more »»

  • Five AAWC members produce short film on female feticide as part of SHE Creates program 17 Sep 2007 AAWC congratulates five of our Udaan members on their successful completion of Muskurati Roshni (Light of Joy), a short film on female feticide sponsored by the SHE Creates program. These five talented girls were selected to join a group of 25 girls from across India for a three-week immersive program on directing, screenwriting, acting, filming, and editing under the guidance of prominent industry professionals. Read more »»