Building Agency of Sex Workers in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnatka

Supported By

HIVOS

Interventions between 1997 and 2010 supported women to form collectives and to register community based organizations. HIVOS and the Gates Foundation were key supporters in this aspect. Several organizations/ collectives of women in different parts of the country now exist and are help their members negotiate safer sex, address problems with police, and access social entitlements including quality health care. Missing in these interventions are efforts to secure the personal growth of individual women including elements such as self-confidence, assertiveness, ability to seek and use existing government or private sector based resources, communication and negotiation skills, ability to set and maintain boundaries, and to build supportive relationships within the family and community. The strategy draws upon Amartya Sen’s capability approach to development. Using this approach, Sarvojana (Coailition of like mined NGOs in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnatka and Maharastra) proposed to deepen the agency of the women by strengthening their capabilities to understand and respond to the environment