Our Vision: Empowerment of women in sex work through Collectivization.

Mission: To provide health care support to women in sex work.

To provide necessary social services to women in sex work.

To change the attitude of society towards women in sex work

Aim: To enhance and enable greater levels of self-protection among sex workers through a sense of togetherness, collective action and the most important is creating an identity.

Objectives:

  • To protect women from HIV infection.
  • To provide the care to women affected by HIV related illness or AIDS.
  • To provide medical services for treatable S.T.I s
  • To work for women affected with Tuberculosis.
  • To provide for hospice care for terminally ill women.
  • To provide care for affected and infected children
  • To prevent discrimination against women infected/affected by HIV.
  • To work for the care and education of children and sex workers.
  • To become self-supporting and self-organized for long term interventions and activities.
  • The organisation will work to prevent minor girls in below age of 18 year, from entering into sex work.
  • To provide free legal aid assistance, to women in sex work who will need it.
  • Generally to do all such other lawful acts, deeds or things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of any/or all of the above aims and objects of the society.
  • To address the various issues related to the trauma, depression and suicide among women in sex work.
  • Motivate them for regular savings to improve their lifestyle.
  • To access various identity proofs for woman in sex work.

Present coverage

At present Saheli Sangh covers 2 lodges, 100 Non Brothel Based Sex Workers (NBBSWs) and approximately 2000 women in sex work living in the Red Light Area of Pune. Saheli conducts sensitisation programs and activities to members of mainstream society, especially students at various educational institutions, and civil society groups.

Major stakeholders for Saheli Sangh are-Women in sex work, Women in sex work and their regular partners living with HIV or AIDS, Non Brothel Based Women in Sex Work (NBBSWs),Brothel keepers, children of sex workers and families residing in the community, Mainstream society, Children of sex workers, Non-paying clients (regular partners), Youth-Students from various educational institutes

Strategy of working- Saheli's activities are based on the Peer Education model, Through the collective efforts of Sangh members, Working with various partners like NGOs (at Local, Regional, National and International levels) ,Civil society groups, Academic Institutes. etc

Activities: Following activities are conducted to achieve the above objectives—

  • Mobilization of women in sex work for CBO development.
  • Organizing training workshops for the peers and women in sex work.
  • Addressing different needs of women in sex work and their children.
  • Strengthening self-help group of women living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Condom promotion through awareness, education, demonstration and networking with other NGOs related to supply.
  • STD, HIV/AIDS prevention education.
  • Counselling, Treatment and follow-up and referral services for STD patients.
  • Updating information regarding STD, HIV/AIDS of all the members
  • Networking with government hospitals, clinics and another NGOs and agencies.
  • Referral for ICTC/PMTCT and ART Registration.
  • Community Kitchen project.
  • Drop-in Centre for sex workers.
  • Day and night Crèche for children of sex workers.
  • In collaboration with Yashvantrao Chavan open university started educational for women in sex work.
  • Support to get various social entitlements e. g Pan-card, Ration card Bank passbook.
  • Implementing mental health programme for women and children.
  • Advocacy with stack holders, Support during crisis situation for women in sex work.
  • .Legal literacy programme for women in sex work
  • Saheli have started providing medical services for women in sex work and their children in collaboration with FPAI(Family Planning Association of India)
  • Saheli has conducted first 'empowerment workshop' for women in sex work in Pune’s red light area. Workshop was conducted by trained facilitators from 'Empowerment Institute' USA.

Saheli recived Josie Marien 2015 cash award for the work around Empowerment Workshop with women in sex work in Pune City