Celebrating Community Leadership and Action On AIDS
Home Winners 2006 Award Winners
Durjoy Nari Shongo – Bangladesh

Working primarily with sex workers, clients and other persons involved in the sex trade, Durjoy Nari Shongo has established an effective and successful platform for peer counseling and networking among the street-based workers in Bangladesh. In addition to distributing condoms, the organization provides information on HIV/AIDS to sex workers. In pursuing these goals whilst also advocating and supporting the rights of sex workers to live with dignity and peace, the organization has had to negotiate tirelessly with police and religious leaders. The initiative also has a condom buying cooperative which has become self-sustaining. The organization also uses dance and drama to raise awareness. Despite these challenges, many sex workers have been involved in the project.

Shahanaz Begum, President
Nazma Begum, General Secretary
Address: 122 PC Culture Housing Society, Road no. 1, Block- Ka
Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Telephone: 0088 02 9116292, 8801819404850 (mobile)
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