Pooja Taparia, Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan

Pooja Taparia, Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan

Pooja Taparia is Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan, a globally recognized, award winning NGO working towards the elimination of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in India.

Podcast

Overview

In this episode presented to you by ‘The Brand Called You’, Ashutosh Garg converses with Pooja Taparia, Founder and CEO of Arpan, an organization working to eliminate child sex abuse in India.

Pooja shares with us the three key milestones in her life. She tells the story of setting up Arpan and explains how the organization works. Pooja talks about the seriousness, causes, and after-effects of child abuse.

Later in the episode, Pooja tells what can be done to eliminate child sex abuse. She opines about the POCSO act and tells how a large number of child abuse cases go unreported.  

Pooja tells what can be done to make sure our children are safe at our homes. She emphasizes the importance of training children to evade sexual abuse.

Profile

Pooja Taparia is the Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan, a globally recognized, award-winning NGO working towards the elimination of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in India. Based in Mumbai, with a team of over 100 dedicated professionals, Arpan is India’s largest NGO providing CSA Prevention and Intervention services for both children and adults. As a critical stakeholder for state and non-state actors, Arpan is a leading voice in the space of CSA Prevention and Intervention in India and uses advocacy and research to push for policy and systemic change at the local, state, and national levels.

Pooja is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and has received numerous awards for her work on Child Abuse, including the Inspire Award, the Astitwa Award, the Architects of the Future Award, and the Karmaveer Puraskar Award.

As a leader, Pooja embodies the spirit of the modern-day social entrepreneur and has grown Arpan from a 3 person startup into a global thought leader in the CSA space, with innovative impact models that work with a range of stakeholders, from children and parents to state bodies and teachers. Arpan’s key project focuses on Personal Safety Education in schools, teaching children and adolescents (ages 4 to 15) about personal safety so they can identify and seek help in unsafe situations. Arpan also trains and empowers teachers and parents with the knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to prevent and deal with CSA.  

Since 2007 Arpan has impacted over 1.6 million children and adults and has received 6 National and 2 International Awards, including the WISE Award and the C. Henry Kempe Award.

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