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National Network of Sex Workers, India

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Summary of organization

The National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) is a national network of sex worker- led organisations and allies committed to promoting the Rights of Sex Workers in India. NNSW consists of 12 CBOs/ State Networks/ State Federations/ Collectives and 8 NGOs across seven states. With a strength 150,000 members, it is the only national network that brings together female, transgender and male sex workers with NGOs and sex work(er) rights activists.

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Detail description of organization

NNSW's Objectives

  • To advocate at the local, regional, national and international levels for policies and actions in favour of sex worker's rights
  • To facilitate opportunities for voices of sex workers to be heard in relevant forums
  • To establish mechanisms to help members fight violence and oppression on sex workers
  • To address myths, misconceptions, stigma and discrimination that marginalises sex workers and creates conditions for violence against them, that is legitimized by the family, medical establishment, religion, educational system, media, law and sections of civil society
  • To challenge the hegemony of mainstream attitudes towards sex work that are embodied in social practices, laws and public opinion so that all persons in sex work become free to practice different relational forms outside conventional heterosexual marriage and family.