1 Aug 2011
Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) launched an overnight shelter at its Kamathipura centre for members of the Udaan program (girls of ages 6-18). The shelter seeks to provide a safe living space for girls whom AAWC outreach workers determine to be at highest risk of being coerced into prostitution and complements AAWC’s existing practice of placing at-risk girls into boarding homes and shelter homes with our partner organisations. The new shelter has a maximum capacity of 15 girls and will operate Monday through Saturday from 7:00pm to 10:00am, dovetailing with the centre’s daytime programs from 11:00am to 7:30pm.
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.