15 Oct 2012
This Sunday, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) was one of four organisations selected to showcase its work and receive proceeds from The Oberoi Melting Pot, an annual culinary festival hosted by the Consular Corps in Mumbai, The Rotary Club of Bombay, and The Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point. Thousands of Mumbai residents and visitors alike enjoyed an evening of fine dining and dance performances sponsored by consulates from 27 different countries. Meanwhile, they were also able to learn about the challenges faced by women and children in Mumbai’s red light area and about the services that AAWC provides.
The AAWC exhibit booth displayed brochures and handicrafts made by Udaan girls, including diyas (candleholders) and candles for the upcoming Diwali festival. AAWC was selected as a beneficiary of The Oberoi Melting Pot after presenting to a committee of representatives from the Consular Corps, The Rotary Club, and The Oberoi.
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 1,300 women, 600 girls and 350 toddlers. Learn more at www.aawc.in.