Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust

Apne Aap (Hindi for "self-help") works to empower the women and children of India's red-light districts to escape sex trafficking.By providing them with education, healthcare and job skills, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and discrimination that forces women into prostitution. We recognize that buying sex is a societal problem, and work with governments worldwide to end the stigmatization of those trapped in prostitution and criminalize those who exploit them. Objectives To support community-based initiatives of those trapped by the sex-industry. Mitigate the circumstances of those caught in prostitution. Develop leadership among the affected to end sex-trafficking ...

Apne Aap Women Worldwide Trust
D-56, Third Floor, Anand Niketan,
New Delhi, New Delhi 110021
India
91 11 24110056
http://apneaap.org/index.php

Board of Directors

Ruchira Gupta (Board member), Namrata Sureka, Vinita Saraf, Suresh Neotia, Namita Saraf, Anurag Chaturvedi, Pallavi Shroff, Lekha Poddar, Nayantara Palchoudhry, Biswa Ranjan Patnaik, ( COO ), Shama Afroz, ( Head - programs)

Mission

Apne Aap (Hindi for "self-help") works to empower the women and children of India's red-light districts to escape sex trafficking.By providing them with education, healthcare and job skills, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and discrimination that forces women into prostitution. We recognize that buying sex is a societal problem, and work with governments worldwide to end the stigmatization of those trapped in prostitution and criminalize those who exploit them. Objectives To support community-based initiatives of those trapped by the sex-industry. Mitigate the circumstances of those caught in prostitution. Develop leadership among the affected to end sex-trafficking Prevent inter-generational prostitution. Build linkages between grassroots activism and policy makers on issues related to ending-sex- trafficking. Create awareness in society regarding discrimination against women and girls, particularly on issues related to sex-trafficking, prostitution, sex, sexuality and violence against women and girls .

Programs

The organization works on a "3L" model, focusing on Learning, Livelihood, and Legal Aid for women and girls. Learning Formal and non-formal education for children and adults in community class rooms through catch up classes to prepare for and enrol in mainstream schools. It also includes self esteem building through art, dance, spoken English and computer literacy. Livelihood Apne Aap has taken up the challenge of creating training centres within red light districts catering to women in prostitution, their children and at risk (to trafficking) marginalised communities. These centres create alternative livelihood options. Legal Aid The legal consultants and the paralegal staff provide training to the women and adolescent girls on issues ranging from trafficking, domestic violence, property and matrimonial laws. The aim is to provide the women with basic legal knowledge about their rights guaranteed by the Constitution and other relevant national laws, so that are able to access the available remedies when confronted with violence and abuse.

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