1st December, 2014
Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) participated in the World AIDS Day rally organized by Sankalp Rehabilitation and Mumbai AIDS Forum (MAF). On 1st December, more than 500 PLHIV, under the aegis of a Mumbai Aids Forum, forwarded their demands to the state health department as well the National Aids Control Organization (NACO).
The rally started from Nirnala Niketan at 1:30 pm and the participating NGO’s marched till Azaad Maidan, near ST station. The organizers also presented songs and plays to make the audience understand the limitations and importance of the day. Many NGO’s like Humsafar Trust, Lawyer’s Collective, Asha Darpan, etc. The program continued till 6 pm.
AAWC along with everyone who was present hopes that the demands of protest will be fulfilled at the earliest to serve the people suffering from HIV.
About Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) is an anti-trafficking organisation 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 www.aawc.in.