In Honor of International Human Rights Day, A Documentary Featuring Indian Sex Workers Mobilizing for their Rights

Sixty-one years ago today, the United Nation General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document which contained world governments’ promise to ensure dignity and equality for all.
But today, women and girls are too often excluded from this promise, and are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations, especially women and girls of color, poor women, rural women, indigenous women, and sex workers.

In honor of this special anniversary, and in an effort to highlight grassroots efforts to ensure the inclusion of women and girls in the promise the Universal Declaration, check out this fantastic new IWHC short documentary highlighting the mobilization efforts of sex workers in rural India. The video was shot and edited by my ever-amazing co-worker Audacia Ray on her recent trip to India. It comes as the result of collaboration with SANGRAM, an organization based in based in Sangli, Maharashtra that is becoming an increasingly strong advocate locally, nationally, and globally for health policies and programs that are responsive to the real-life needs of local communities. You can read more about SANGRAM here.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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