4 Mar 2011
Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) inaugurated the opening of its second centre with the support of Child Rights and You (CRY), an organisation that advocates for children’s rights in India. The new centre, which is located near the 16 Kamathipura lanes, complements AAWC’s existing centre near the 14 Khetwadi lanes and will provide the same programs to a significantly wider population of women and children living in the red light area. AAWC is the first non-profit organisation working in the red light area to be selected as a project partner of CRY and has received funds from CRY to conduct a baseline survey of women and children in Kamathipura.
Among those in attendance at the inauguration ceremony were Dinesh Kakkoth, a representative of CRY; Emily Harrison, founder and Executive Director of NGO consultancy Innovaid; Suketu Shah, Joint Managing Director of Mukand Ltd; Czaee Shah, a prominent businessperson and art collector; and Sujata Haria, a teacher at DSB International School. AAWC gives special thanks to all of our supporters for their generous donations to launch the new centre.
About Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) serves the women, girls, and toddlers of the Greater Kamathipura Area, one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. By providing its members with the tools and resources to create a better life, AAWC seeks to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent intergenerational trafficking of girls and young children who grow up in the brothels. Since its inception, AAWC has served more than 1,100 women, 550 girls and 250 toddlers. Learn more at www.aawc.in.