|A woman and her child at ARTH, where CMNHSA is based.|
Anita's StoryAt 16 years old, Anita followed in the footsteps of her mother and became a devdasis, or sex worker. She ultimately became HIV-positive and lost her beloved child to pneumonia three months after it was born. The organization SANGRAM supported her and arranged for her to receive anti-retroviral treatments. Now, she works with SANGRAM to support others living with HIV/AIDS and to empower more devdasis to use condoms. IWHC made its first grant to SANGRAM in 2006.
Click here to download Anita's full story, as told at an event co-sponsored by IWHC and Glamour magazine in March 2007.
Click here to learn more about SANGRAM.
IWHC Young Visionary: Neha SoodAround the globe, young women are mobilizing and making their voices heard. The women profiled in IWHC's Young Visionaries series are at the forefront of that movement. Although each one has a unique story and voice, they are connected by their common vision for a more equitable world.
Neha Sood, 26, is Program Coordinator at Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) in Delhi, India, where she works on exchange programs, training workshops, thematic meetings and creating public education material on issues of sexuality, reproductive and sexual rights, violence against women and women's rights. As Neha describes, "CREA believes that human rights apply to young people, just like everyone else, and that young people have the power within themselves to demand and realize their human rights."
Click here to read Neha's profile.
Click here to learn more about CREA.