Asia Society: "Not For Sale" w/ Dhananjay Tingal, Mona Gupta, Nithya, Vivek Singh, Pamela Philipose

Event Date: 
14 April 2016 - 6:00pm

36 million people worldwide are believed to be trapped in various forms of slavery with trade in humans a thriving, profitable business, worth an estimated $150 billion a year. The global demand for cheap labour is fuelling this criminal activity with India having one of the highest number of humans trafficked, globally. What can be done to combat this? How can the private sector ensure that the goods they sell are not tainted by forced labor?

The Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Asia Society invite you to a panel discussion on the current challenges in the fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Join us for a compelling discussion with Dhananjay Tingal, Executive Director, Bachpan Bachao Andolan., Mona Gupta, Officer on Special Duty, Apparel Export Promotion Council, Nithya, Trade Unionist and Survivor of Bonded Labour in the Textile Industry, and Vivek Singh, Senior Programme Manager, IKEA Foundation, moderated by Pamela Philipose, former Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Women's Feature Service.

Dhananjay Tingal started his career from a small grass root organization Sanchetna in New Delhi and then went onto working with the French Research organization ORSTOM and Action Aid. He runs independent consultancies and is presently heading BBA since 2009. For the past 18 years Tingal has been managing multi-dimensional, and multi-cultural projects of national level. Presently he is heading a leading Child Rights organization which specializes in campaigns and advocacy at National and International Level.

Mona Gupta is currently OSD Apparel Exports Promotion Council, Head of Economic & Consultancy. With over 28 years in the textiles and clothing sector, she has led multi- location programs on Business Responsibility, Economic Development and Social Change encompassing Sustainable Supply Chains, Gender, Child Labor, Livelihood & Skill, with the Government of India, UNDP, UN Gender, World Bank , PWC & UNIDO. She has also served on the Governing Body of National Center for Textile, Ministry of Textiles.

Nithya, a very strong and independent woman, she would often argue against the violations on her and her fellow workers when working at a mill. Nithya was inspired by the women trade union of Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labor Union (TTCU). Gradually Nithya became a member, and is currently the state Treasurer of the trade union. Today, Nithya is highly empowered and lives as a role model for the other women in the region. Through TTCU Nithya exposes the problem of women in the textile industries and fights for their justice.

Pamela Philipose began her career with The Times of India,  and is currently a senior fellow with the Indian Council of Social Science Research. Until 2014, she was director and editor-in-chief of Women's Feature Service. She was also an advisor to the Media Task Force of the Government of India’s High Level Status of Women Committee Report. The Indian Express ran her satirical column, 'Straight Face', for ten years and she authored a book of political satire for Penguin India entitled 'Laugh All The Way To The Vote Bank'. She was awarded the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Journalist in 1999 and the Zee-Astitva Award for Constructive Journalism in 2007.

Vivek Singh manages and oversees a global portfolio of programmes and strategic partnerships on child rights, protection and development and leads the IKEA Foundation Team in India. For a decade, Singh worked at the Aga Khan Foundation, where he designed, managed and implemented integrated poverty-reduction programmes with a variety of partners. Before joining the IKEA Foundation, he was at Plan International, where he led a multidisciplinary team responsible for strategic initiatives on child- and youth-centred development programmes across India.

Date: Thursday, 14 April 2016

Time: 6:30 pm
Registration & Refreshments: 6:00 pm

Hall of Harmony,
Nehru Centre,
Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Worli, Mumbai 400018.

Admission: Free

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