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 Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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

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  • aletheia_shortwave

    This is fascinating, and really inspiring. Thank you so much for posting.

  • finn

    And let’s remember the human rights of Indian girls.

  • voluptuouspanic

    I don’t understand why you bring this up. The efforts of organizations like SANGRAM do not detract from those abuses.

  • finn

    Then why were they not mentioned? And I also disagree, they most definitely do detract from the majority of prostituted girls in India.
    It’s abject poverty that drives these women and girls to prostitution not some fancy US notions of ‘agency’ and ‘choice’. But hey carry on rejoicing in womens’ limited opportunities whilst continuing to fly the flag for johns and pimps.
    Can’t upset the men – now can we?

  • voluptuouspanic

    Wow. And that’s why we can’t have a nuanced conversation about sex work and sex trafficking.