Nari Saksham Mahila Samkshema Sangham (NSMSS) founded in 2006 works in East Godavari district of the Andhra Pradesh State in India. The community organisation (CO) works with home, street and brothel based female sex workers. Started with the objective of empowering the most vulnerable women for prevention of HIV, the CO supports 1459 sex workers.
NSMSS is registered under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2001.
NSMSS aims to be a community organisation that addresses the needs of its members to enable them to lead lives of good health, free of crises and of financial and social security.
Different initiatives by NSMMS help its members lead better lives.
- Raising awareness on safety, security and justice measures, including provision of legal support and free legal aid clinic, for members to effectively address crises
- Managing a helpline to assist members better access CO services
- Sensitising the law enforcement agencies and government departments to reduce stigma and discrimination against sex workers
- Building capacities of the members on rights, laws and leadership
- Implementing HIV prevention and care services through awareness on safe sex practices, condom supply, regular health check ups and support to HIV and TB infected individuals
- Enabling better access to social protection schemes from the government
- Organising members into self help groups to promote income generation activities and skill development for livelihoods
- Educating members on financial products and services to achieve financial security in their lives
All the members in the society should be empowered on leadership qualities and attain sustainability in Health and Finance.