GuideStar India NGO Gold Award (Advanced Level).

31st March, 2016

Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) was awarded the GuideStar India NGO Gold Award (Advanced Level) for 2016. The Award aims to encourage and recognize organizations that practice and voluntarily demonstrate their transparency and accountability in the public domain.

Out of the 716 applicants to the four levels of award, 33 were awarded the Advanced Level (GuideStar India Gold) recognition. AAWC believes that fostering effective communication and transparency between the organisation and our stakeholders is vital to our work and we are therefore thrilled to be recognised for our transparency. As required for the award, much of the information about our organisation is available on our GuideStar India page, as well as on our website for public access.

GuideStar India, an initiative of the Civil Society Services India, is the country’s largest database of NGOs. Using a bottom-up approach to collect information about all Indian NGO’s, GuideStar India encourages organizations to embrace transparency of information in public domain. GuideStar India plays a vital role in helping non-profit and philanthropic work grow, building a major network between NGO’s and interested parties.


About Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) is an anti-trafficking organization that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red light area of Mumbai that is also one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. By providing our members with the tools and resources to create a better quality of life, we seek to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution among their daughters. Since 1998, we have served more than 2,800 women and children. Our alumni have earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and entered respected professions like accounting, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, nursing, photography, retail, social work, and teaching. Learn more at