Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 03 May 2010
By Allyn Gaestel. Originally published on April 22, 2010 at Media Global.
As the United Nations calls for a greater focus on reproductive health this week, sex workers in India are independently advocating for their often overlooked needs and rights.
Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM) is an HIV/AIDS organization that works primarily with sex workers. SANGRAM is based in the Sangli district in Maharashtra state. Maharashtra has HIV rates four to five times the Indian national average, and Sangli has the highest infection rate in the state. The HIV rate among sex workers in Maharashtra was 17.91 percent in 2007, compared to the 0.34 percent overall prevalence among adults in India.
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), an international advocacy organization for women’s health and rights, has partnered with SANGRAM since 2006 and produced a documentary about their work called “SANGRAM: Sex Workers Organizing in India .” Paradigm Shift, a feminist organization in New York, screened the documentary during an event on sex work and human rights in March.
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