Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee
The Durbar is a collectivization of 65000 sex workers, functioning as an exclusive forum of female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India
A vertical HIV intervention program was launched in 1992 to initiate STD & HIV prevention program in Sonagachi, a red light zone in Kolkata, India. The intervention program started with three principal components: provision of health services including STD treatment; information, education and communication (IEC); and condom programming. The program was pivotal on “peer based approach” Recruiting sex workers from the community and providing training on health and HIV, they were promoted as peers and outreach workers. By 1995, as a ‘fall out’ effect of this intervention Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) came into existence as a forum exclusively set up and managed by sex workers and their children with the objective of creating solidarity and collective strength among the sex worker community and other marginalized groups. This was the result of a need felt by the community members followed by several discussions and consultations.
The Core Values of Durbar are:
Area of Work:
History of Involvement With Men
Amara Padatik is the forum of the children of sex workers establishing 2006 to fight against all violence meted out to the children of sex workers and to bring about a change in the outlook of the society about sex workers children. In the society often this children have victim of discrimination, face problems due to their fathers identity and harassed by the people. To raise the self esteem of themselves the sex worker children's are now organize their own collective.