Event in Focus

Discussion Workshop on Is Sex Work, Work?

Re-thinking Labour, Consent & Agency

SIAAP was born out of an initiative in 1990 by journalist Shyamala Nataraj, and human rights lawyers Bhagirathi Narayanan, and Geeta Ramseshan, when they challenged the illegal detention of women infected with HIV in Tamil Nadu and across India in the Madras High Court. Over 900 women held across the state were released and led to a national policy against detention of HIV infected people.

How it all started

Between 1992 and 2002, we supported over 200 NGOs and CBOs in South India to initiate targeted interventions for HIV prevention and care among sex workers, clients, men having sex with men, transwomen, blind people, and people living with HIV/AIDS, promoted 23 collectives of sex workers, MSM, blind people, and PLHAs in Tamil Nadu state, and established over 150 counselling centres in communities and government hospitals across South India. These interventions were delivered through structured training modules that were later absorbed and scaled up by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), across the country.

The SIAAP Story

Read a report on SIAAP’s activities so far here

Ongoing Program & Events

Gender Justice – Primary prevention.

SIAAP jointly with Prajnya, conducted discussions among girl students on primary prevention from STIs, as part of Prajnya’s campaign against Gender Violence. The discussion focused on fundamental understanding of sexual and reproductive health and discussions on how girls can prevent themselves from the infection. Read More

Cutting Edge Debate: Is Sex work, Work?

There has been very little public discussion about sex work in India. SIAAP conducts a series of such debates among students and several citizens concerned about gendered and human rights to move toward an informed position on sex work and sex worker rights to healthy and safe livelihoods and lives. Read More

Vibrant Adolescents, Sustainable Communities

In Chennai city, SIAAP promotes safety and informed consent, sexual health, mental well-being, & employability preparedness for adolescents in low income settlements. We build community perspectives, offer structured training, provide counselling & access to care services, and strengthen social capital. Read More

Mental and Emotional wellbeing sessions for Police Personnel

One of the workshops SIAAP regularly conducts is mental health and emotional wellbeing sessions for key groups, and on March 10 2018, one of these workshops were conducted for police personnel in Adyar, Chennai. The session focused on daily activities that they could do to have a better day and an overall better emotional state of mind, as well as provided a safe space for them to open up about the issues they faced at work and at home. Read more here.

Sports Training for Young Adolescents

As part of its work with adolescents, SIAAP recently conducted sports training in kabaddi (an indigenous form of play) for young boys in a rural settlement. The training was conducted by a kabaddi coach and targeted 17 boys aged 11 to 15.

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Join us to support women and adolescent girls for Safe Sanitation and Hygiene, in Gandhi Nagar Slum in Sholinganallur, Chennai
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