Ashodaya Samithi recognizes vulnerabilities of all marginalized people including sexual minorities that result in violations of their rights. It initiates discussions among such communities as well as people in the mainstream society and policy makers and envisions that affirmative action through dialogue and exchange would result in empowerment of such marginalized populations and reclaim their social position in the society.
Ashodaya Samithi envisions a society where marginalized populations can enjoy all rights as citizens of the nation; where the society recognizes their capacity and thus provides space for enjoying economic, social and political benefits as enshrined in the constitution of the country. Ashodaya Samithi would strive to create a society where there is cooperation instead of confrontation, tolerance instead of violence and inclusion instead of discrimination.
Ashodaya Samithi has come into existence to fill a vital gap in capacity enhancement and Empowerment of highly marginalized groups of sex workers in the Asia Pacific region.Of all the groups vulnerable to HIV/AIDS,sex workers are the most at risk of getting the infection with very minimal coping skills to protect themselves from the virus.... Read more
"I thought I knew what participatory health research was. And then I began to work with Ashodaya in 2006. Although I spent much time with the Ashodaya team conducting research training sessions, it is I who have frequently found myself in the position of student, having learned so much from them about the interconnections between activism.... Read more
We never say no when community ask us for help. Even when we did not have funds to provide handholding support, we found a way to provide help needed.
We want to inspire, empower and build these communities so that they also become social conscious about their rights, know how to claim these rights and assert a social position. This is our dream.
As a community, we all say no to sex without condoms. We will not have sex without condoms, even if it means we do not get clients for the day. This is one of our standards for ourselves and we follow this rule. This is why condom use among sex workers in mysore been consistently high over the years.
Sex worker are invlolved in target intervention programmes for preventing HIV/ADIS and the government needs to work with them if they want to holistically stop trafficking.