India

Concerns that India’s Stock of Free ARVs may be Depleted Within a Month

Indian HIV advocate groups, including sex workers, are concerned that government supplies of critical antiretroviral (ARV) medications (tenofovir/lamivudine) which are supplied free of charge, are under threat. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Director General, Gen. A.S. Rathore, stated that the situation would potentially affect 150,000 people living with HIV who rely on free ARVs.

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women calls on India to take measures to protect Human Rights of Sex Workers

Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP) and SANGRAM, two sex workers' rights organisations and NSWP members based in Sangli, India have praised the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women's report calling on the Indian Government to review the legislation that criminalises sex work.

Sex workers in India launch a national campaign calling for decriminalisation

Sex workers gathered from across India in New Delhi last week, for a two-day meeting on the 'protection of dignity and rights of sex workers' organised by the All Indian Network of Sex Workers, as a prelude to the launch of national campaign calling for decriminalisation.

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee bulletin 23: 15 February 2013

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The bulletin of the DMSC, discussing common financial scams, police violence, and the work to tackle HIV, human rights violations by the police, and the stigma that prevents sex workers from accessing services.

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee bulletin: May 15th 2013

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The bulletin of the DMSC, discussing common financial scams, police violence, and the work done to tackle HIV, human rights violations by the police, and the stigma that prevents sex workers from accessing services. It also discusses the success that self-regulating sex worker boards have had in tackling trafficking, in contrast to the more well-resourced non-sex worker-led programmes.

US Supreme Court strikes down Anti-Prostitution pledge: Vindication for VAMP / SANGRAM

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US Supreme Court strikes down Anti-Prostitution pledge

Vindication for VAMP / SANGRAM

22 July 2013 Sangli, Maharashtra

In a victory for sex worker rights across the world, the United States Supreme Court on 20th June 2013, struck down as unconstitutional the legal requirement that organisations receiving US assistance for HIV programs must have an explicit policy opposing `prostitution’. Popularly known as the anti-prostitution pledge, the provision effectively denied financial support to sex work programming in HIV despite widespread scientific and UN consensus that such programming is essential for a successful HIV response.

15th Bulletin from Durbar

The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee is a collective of 65000 female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. Their most recent Bulletin (No 15.) includes news about discussions regarding a Universal Pension Scheme, a recent Film Festival hosted by DMSC celebrating 20 years of Sonagachi, and news of a joint DMSC / UCLA study on ART adherence.

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14th Bulletin from Durbar

The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee is a collective of 65000 female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. Their most recent Bulletin (No 14.) includes news about the May Day rally in Kolkata where over 2000 sex workers and their children marched for the right to be recognised as workers.

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Geetha – a tribute

Geetha, the leader of the Karnataka Sex Workers Union sadly died on 30th April 2012.

"I don't want sympathy, We just want human rights, equal rights, Like other human being and we want labour rights" - Geetha 2009.

11th Bulletin from Durbar

The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee is a collective of 65000 female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. Their most recent Bulletin (No 11.) includes news about the sex workers' union (Binodini Sramik Union) based in Kolkata and Durbar's strong presence at the International Book Fair in Kolkata.   

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