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Introduction

Swathi Mahila Sangha (SMS) is a community organisation (CO) of women in sex work in Bangalore Urban district of Karnataka State in India. A group of women in sex work, inspired by movements in Bangladesh and Sonagachi fighting for the sexual and human rights of sex workers, came together in 2012 to form SMS. The CO is unique for the high numbers of street based sex workers as its members.

SMS has 10156 women in sex work and is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960.

Mission

Swathi aims to provide high quality services and facilities to cater to the needs of its members with their own funds and capacitated human resources.

Services Provided

SMS has been implementing combination programming of risk and vulnerability reduction to arrest the spread of HIV among the community and provides diverse services for the welfare of the members.

  • Providing health services such as condom distribution, HIV testing, linkages with ART centres and regular health check ups, STI services, and alcohol de-addiction programmes
  • Building financial security of members through a cooperative society covering 7500 members with a total turnover of 12 crore, savings activities, opening bank accounts and getting insurance
  • Supporting the community to better access and utilise the social protection schemes from the government
  • Helping members better access safety, security and justice measures for addressing crisis
  • Giving education and employment support for children of sex workers

SMS works towards being a sustainable organisation continuing to serve female sex workers and their families and advocate with state and national governments to protect the interest of the community and its organisations.

Highlights

  • District - Bangalore Urban
  • Founded - 2012
  • Members supported - 10156

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No.25, AECS Layout, Ashwathnagar,

(Land Mark - Behind Paratha Plaza,

Raghavendra Nilaya),

Bengaluru 560 094, Karnataka State, India

contactus@swasti.org

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