This profile was prepared when Anuja Gupta was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Anuja is identifying women who were sexually abused as children and helping them begin the process of healing and recovery. Individually and in groups, the women in her program rebuild their identities, develop trusting relationships with peers, and learn about their rights as women and as human beings. In addition, Anuja is enabling the participants in her program to prevent further abuse in their own families and extended families, thus breaking the generational cycle of abuse and dramatically changing the circumstances in which thousands of girls grow up. Anuja hopes that her outreach and awareness efforts will bring to the urgent attention of the Indian public this critical, preventable problem and set in motion effective solutions to protect children.