Violence against Women

We uphold women’s right to live free from violence. We support gender equality, empower women to resist violence, challenge masculinity norms, and partner with Government and other institutions to prevent and respond to violence against women (VAW). Our primary focus has been to empower female sex workers (FSW) and their collectives to resist violence from clients, police, gangs and intimate partners.

Our comprehensive and multi-stakeholder interventions give primacy to recognising the human rights of the sex workers. Rights based empowerment of sex workers and creating positive norms around masculinity are key programme strategies. These are strengthened by more than a decade long work in sensitising the communities, judiciary, police and the media to sex workers’ life, vulnerabilities and rights.

Current Projects

Samvedana Plus

Reducing violence and increasing condom use in the intimate partnerships of female sex workers

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Preventing violence against women in sex work

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