India - Rooting for change: Building and strengthening of community based organisation of women in sex work

An NGO helped 13 sex workers to build a robust organisation of over 7000 women, using a variety of innovative methods of capacity development including shadow leadership, OD interventions and other management systems, which led to reduction in HIV prevalence from 20 to 5 percent in six years.

Swathi Mahila Sangha (SMS), a sex work collective was established in 2003 with the purpose of creating an organisation that would be able to address issues of sex workers. Initially SMS, with a membership of 13 worked on HIV prevention projects. In early 2005 they got the opportunity to be part of project Pragati, an empowerment initiative of women in sex work. Pragati was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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