ASTITVA Trust

Location

Udaipur district, Rajasthan
India
Contact email: 
astitvasm@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We work with Female & Transgender sexworkers and also their clients. Some of the services we provide are counselling, healthcare referrals, ICTC referrals, condom distribution and providing support to fight for their rights and issues. We also file petitions on behalf of sexworkers and for transgender rights.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Our core body of members consists 50 % transgender sex workers and rest are LGBT activists. Sexworkers are consulted in all the decision making process. We have employed them from peer educator to project manger level.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
The recognition of sexworkers and legalisation of sexworkers are isues we face. As most of the the transgender sexworkers are not legally accepted, they face a lot of stigma & discrimination. Due to this they are not entitled for any kind of social protection or entitlements. They are constantly harassed by police for doing sexwork and arrested for the same.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We work on advocacy rights of transgenders and sexworkers, we work on mainstreaming them . We also work with government institution to access the right to social entitlements, education and housing for sexworkers.