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Supporting their friend in need, claiming their dues for themselves, and for others like them

December 23, 2010

Shivanna lives with his aging mother and two younger sisters. He has no father or any other family to support him. Recently, he and his family had a major shock, when his youngest sister was suddenly seized with an epileptic attack. At this moment, Shivanna turned to help from his only source of support, Aptamitra, […]

Conflict resolution based on respect, reconciliation

November 22, 2010

The CBO (Community Based Organization) of women in sex work, Rakshane Mahila Okkoota, in Gadag, displayed amazing patience, tenacity and tolerance in dealing with an internal conflict. One of the CBO board members was pulled up for non-performance and voted out in the subsequent elections. She did not take kindly to this, and was quite […]

Together they did

June 10, 2010

A group of sex workers denouncing obscene tabloid journalism, and unearthing a pornography racket

Women to the Rescue

May 25, 2010

The collectives of women in sex work in different districts in North Karnataka are committed to ensuring that young people are not lured into sex work in any way. To this end, they have used many ingenious ways to rescue some of them or at least make their life better. In one instance, a group […]

Women in sex work take control of their life and make a difference for others

February 17, 2010

“ I was like a dry  tree existing with no joy and feeling no sense of purpose, alone and bereft, but over the last five years, I have sprouted fresh leaves and gone on to become a luxuriant tree with flowers and fruits to share with others” ….these were the words of a woman in […]

Women fighting for their due

February 4, 2010

The HIV epidemic has affected women in many ways. Many of them have been widowed at a younger age, and even as they are attempting to cope, they are cheated out of a share in their husband’s property, by other relatives. But increasingly women fighting back and claiming what is their due. Basamma, a young […]

Stories of change

February 4, 2010

Often, people discriminate against or stay away from a HIV positive person, mostly due to fear. But if they understand that there is no fear of transmission in normal social interaction, frequently they regret their behavior, and want to really reach out and support the positive people, as friends, as neighbors, as members of their […]