Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha


People should believe that they can change things. It is not about a few activists fighting for other people’s rights. Anybody who has imbibed this understanding should be able to go and fight for their rights.

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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.

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Consultations held with Stakeholders on Trafficking Bill 2018

Members of the National Network of Sex Workers undertook a 4 month long advocacy process to draw attention to the concerns of sex workers and other stakeholders on the Trafficking Bill 2018. Seven Consultations were held with over 200 stakeholders in Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi and Lucknow.

Over 4000 sex workers from seven states and 32 districts have submitted their signatures to call on the WCD Minister to explicitly exclude sex workers working of their own volition; from the ambit of the Trafficking Bill. In addition, 200 people have endorsed the collated critique. The Collated Critique has emerged from the responses and inputs from a group of activists, lawyers. The critique has been submitted to the Women and Child Minister.

Collated Comments, Trafficking Bill 2018-8July 2018, submission FINAL Endorsements, Trafficking Bill critique Suggested Amendments to Trafficking Bill Endorsements from over 4000 sex workers Scanned Signatures Note for MP's Letter to WCD Reduced Critique (Marathi) Reduced Critique (Hindi) Trafficking Bill Open Forum - Hydrabad Trafficking Bill Open Forum - Pune Trafficking Bill Open Forum - Bangalore Trafficking Bill Open Forum - Delhi


How Anti-trafficking Strategies Increase Sex Workers’ Vulnerability to Exploitative Practices

Research Authors
Aarthi Pai
Laxmi Murthy
Meena Saraswathi Seshu
Rakesh Shukla

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How Anti-trafficking Strategies Increase Sex Workers’ Vulnerability to Exploitative Practices
Research Partners
Maharashtra : Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad Saheli HIV/AIDS Karyakarta Sangh Aadhar Bahuddeshiya Sanstha
Karnataka : Uttara Karnataka Mahila Okkutta
Kerala : Kerala Network of Sex Workers
Jharkhand : Srijan Foundation
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Decriminalizing Sex Trade and Law

There has been much debate as to if sex should be legalised. Many countries have already legalised the trade.
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VAMP Institutes - Training sex workers and activists working with sex workers

Though the HIV/AIDS discourse has bought to fore the need for protecting the rights of vulnerable communities like people in sex work;
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Activists see red over abolitionist plan on sex work

An open letter to CAP Int'l condemns the conflation of prostitution and trafficking, says focus on victims Read More



Beyond the Violence of Stigma and Victimhood

Open Letter to the delegates of ‘Last Girl First’: Second World Congress against the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls (January 29-31, 2017, New Delhi, India) organised by the Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution International (CAP Intl) Read More

Legal Services team visits Sangli & Satara, brings hop to Sex Workers (August 17, 2016)

Sex workers in the western Maharashtra town Sangli have expressed their happiness over the visit by member secretary of NALSA...
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Ethical Standards for an Inclusive Consultation with Sex Workers

Nothing about Sex work without Sex workers: Ethical Standards for an Inclusive Consultation with Sex Workers, NNSW (India) Read More

Sex Workers & Allies South Asia (SWASA)

Sex Workers & Allies South Asia (SWASA) in partnership with NSWP, APNSW, NNSW, JMMS, Standup Movement, Daffodil Collectives, Sex Workers Network Bangladesh made a joint submission to the UN Women on developing an Inclusive Policy on sex work. Read More

Daughter Of The Hills


Sex Work Allies South Asia [SWASA] is an initiative to empower sex work leaders and regional networks and build alliances with civil society in order to address harmful practices, advocate for change in discriminatory laws and policies resulting in improved HIV and health services and access to justice for sex workers. The initiative will develop and strengthen networks of sex workers by strengthening their skills to address discrimination, laws and policies. Given the challenges faced in advocating for the amendment of policies and laws in country, the strength of collectives coming together under regional networks will enable the collectives to learn from each other’s experiences and struggles.

This graphic narrative builds on the work of SWASA in Nepal and India, supported by American Jewish World Service. Read More


Sex Work of their own Volition

In DNA, Mumbai December 2015

SANGRAM engaged in a debate with Pravin Patkar, rejecting the notion that sex work was violence and exploitation. The article calls for a more rights based understanding of sex work, placing the women at the centre of the discourse rather than abstract discussions. Read More

Sex Work and Dignity

In Mint Lounge, November 2015

Ms. Meena Seshu was covered in the MINT Lounge for her work with SANGRAM and the people in sex work, VAMP. Read More

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