The sex workers of Karnataka and community based organizations working for sex workers had a dream of forming a collective. This dream cametrue when the 3 community based organizations started a collective called Network for women’s Equity and equality in 2008.
The objective is to:
Improve the quality of life of women in sex work through creating new and creative programmes with collaboration, cooperation and collectivization.
- Trust in each other
- Equal opportunities to all
- Open environment for sharing opinions
- Cooperation and coordination with the team members
- Respect the policy of the network
- Open sharing and discussion in case of any crises
- Decisions in favour of sex workers
- Resources should be utilized in the interest of the Sex Workers
- Building leaders in the community
Activities of NWEE
- Higher level advocacy
- Expansion of the network to other districts
- Implementing innovative and effective programmes
- Increase the network with other NGO and CBOs
- Building awareness and advocacy with Media and stakeholders
- Action against human trafficking
- Programmes for career building and economic development
- Fight against protection of human rights
- Housing facility for sex workers
Activities held in NWEE:
- Capacity Building: NWEE has supported JMS and VMS in their election process. Capacity Building in conducting board meetings, rules and regulations for cheque signature, things to be noted while changing the law (did not understand what this means)
- Research study: Involved in research study of “entry of new sex workers” in Bangalore
- Advocacy with other CBO’s: Advocacy for Karnataka sex workers union when there was problem with both VMS and JMS
- Advocacy with Govt Departments: Visited Women and child welfare department, education department, and the housing board department for Ashraya Yojane
- Discussed about women’s vulnerability
- Problems the women face
- Situation of sex worker’s children and their education status
- 1st set of women who have applied for houses through the Ashraya yojana are getting their houses constructed. The document Hakku Patra (Document declaring that the property is given to the concerned person) has not been given to the women. The 2nd set of applications is yet to be taken in.
- Vocational Training programme for sex workers and their children
No more training programmes are conducted under Unnati. The FSWs are directly linked to the employers depending on their skill sets. Unnati aims at creating awareness among community members of the available employment opportunities. There is also a social protection help desk that does counselling, taking in application forms, creating profiles and sharing them with potential employers and facilitates interviews. The women and family members have been linked to employers till date (mainly family members).
- Unnati: 2 rounds of training completed (3 months per batch) / 32-35 women have completed the course
- Contribute to NACP 4: network conducted a discussion with all the board members of network and the CBO board. The minutes of this meeting was sent to NACO.
- Crises Response Team at Bangalore level: To start a crises response team in Bangalore urban level, the network has started conducting meeting with all the crises team members of the 3 CBO’s once a month.
Ms. Geetha, President
Ms. Helen, Vice President
Ms. Lakshmi Narasamma, Secretary
Ms. Vijaya Kumari, Treasurer