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Sanghamitra - A Women’s Collective – India

Sanghamitra, a women’s collective in Girgaum, Mumbai, is giving voice to the needs of sex workers. Sanghamitra’s organizational objectives are defined by its members in a remarkably participatory and accessible manner. The organization encourages sex workers to confront issues of concern head-on and to cease self victimization so that they can confidently articulate their needs without fearing reprisal from brothel-owners or the police. Working to alleviate exploitation, overcome illiteracy, discrimination and the power structure of the sex trade, Sanghamitra strives to build the skills of its constituency. The women’s collective encourages universal condom usage by sex workers, works with the police to ensure protection of legal rights, and with clinics to improve access to health services, in particular for HIV positive sex workers. Sanghamitra has been recognized to enhance and improve the quality of life of its community.

CONTACT
Telephone :
+91 22 23 89 08 83/ 23 89 43 75
Street Address : 18, Kumjai Cooperative Housing Society
Girgaum, Mumbai, 400 004
INDIA

Maya Lama, President, Sanghamitra:
c/o Diane Cross, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or
Shilpa Merchant, State Director, PSI, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;
Telephone: +91 22 23 89 08 83/23 89 43 75