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.
Also secretary of Samara Cbo, Geetha was a formidable campaigner and advocate for sex workers human rights and for HIV+ sex workers in particular.
You can read more about Geetha’s life and work, as well as additional tributes in this article NewsNetEast.
Watch Geetha at an APNSW workshop from 2009 in this short video on India Civil Society.
Tributes from many organisations and NGO’s have been pouring in, including from APNSW:
‘Geetha as a leader of our regional movement for workers rights for all sex workers and as a strong supporter of APNSW. Geetha may be gone but we will all continue the struggle and we will remember her and be inspired by her as we stand up and fight.’