Sangram is a voluntary organization that
works at the grass root level with a lot of activists, volunteers and paid
workers. It is slowly gaining importance as a practical training ground for
other NGO’s and GO’s interested in working on HIV/AIDS in a rural context.
SANGRAM started its work with women in prostitution and sex work from South
Maharashtra and North Karnataka way back in 1992 and has since fanned out among
diverse populations. SANGRAM is based in Sangli district, which has the highest
incidence of HIV/AIDS in Maharashtra after Mumbai.
The organization works to create a collective consciousness among women, to
increase their ability to negotiate safety independently, and strengthen women
to assert their rights. Women’s Rights are particularly difficult to talk about,
because they question traditional patriarchal structures. It also helps discuss
official policies, legal and ethical issues which affect stigmatized and
marginalized groups and to create spaces which these groups can use The
organization helps to discuss the rights of women, people with diverse
sexualities and people living with HIV/AIDS.