Project Empower: Strengthening LGBTIQA+ collectives towards community-led advocacy and inclusive services
Activity Area I: Continuation of gender and sexual minority community capacity building towards organisational development, leadership growth, community-led advocacy and access to services. Supported entities include ETA (Enabling Trans Ability, a collective of transmen, lesbians and bisexual women in Manipur),
Cross-section study on prevalence on sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS among Trans-women residing in Chennai, Tamil nadu
Trans-women (Aravanis/ male-to-female transgenders) are among the groups that are at high risk of contraction and transmission of HIV in India. A cross-sectional study was conducted to address existing knowledge gaps regarding prevalence of HIV and STIs and sexual behaviors and practices. The study, constituting the doctoral work of SAATHII’s Research Officer P.S. Saravanamurthy, was carried out in collaboration with SAATHII, the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences.
Santi Seva: Expanding Access to Education, Livelihood and Health Services among TG Communities in Bhadrak, Odisha
The “Capacity Building of Santi Seva Support Group for Male-to-Female Transgender Communities in Bhadrak, Orissa” Project, initiated in January 2008 with support from SAATHII and Fellowship, aims to improve the overall well being of Hijras, Maichiyas, and other male-to-female transgendered populations. The project also strives to reduce their vulnerability to HIV by strengthening the capacity of Santi Seva, one of the first and few community based organizations (CBOs) for transgender populations in Odisha.
National consultations in Delhi and Mumbai on health and development concerns of sexual minorities in 2008 and 2009 revealed serious gaps in the understanding of issues related to male-to-female transgender (TG) populations. Apart from concern that the government and civil society response to the HIV epidemic often overlooks fundamental developmental needs of transgender people, there was considerable debate on how MSM and transgender issues get conflated to the detriment of both populations.
HIV/AIDS Support Center Project : Support Center for Voluntary Agencies Working with Sexual Minorities and People Living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern India (2004-2008)
This project operated out of the Kolk4ata office and provided capacity building and educational resource support on issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, sexual health and HIV/AIDS to voluntary and government agencies working with sexual minorities, PLHIV and other vulnerable populations. An extension center of this project in Bhubaneswar, Odisha collaborated with government and voluntary agencies on scaling up HIV/AIDS interventions for sexual minorities and PLHIV.
The film aims to highlight the issues and concerns of male-to-female transgender people in India through discussions, interviews, studies, and the performing arts. It shows not just the struggles and sufferings of transgender persons, but also mirrors their tenacity to survive against all odds. Inspired largely by the personal experiences of a SAATHII staffer in Kolkata, the film tells the story of several transgender heroes across India.
All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMANA) is a coalition network of three CBOs in Manipur- Maruploi Foundation, AASHA, and SAVE. From July 2012 onwards, AMANA aims to establish itself as a network of CBOs of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) communities in Manipur. AMANA also strives to provide technical support for and to serve as a resource for MSM/TG issues in the entire northeast. This projects works to strengthen the network as an association, to help identify issues beyond HIV, and to build capacities of its members.