AIDS/HIV, Positive Women Network of Rajasthan, Rajasthan

Securing the future of children who have been discriminated against since birth – children with HIV/AIDS

My visit to the Jaipur-based Positive Women’s Network of Rajasthan started at home for orphaned boys. Located in a surprisingly quiet neighbourhood, it stands right next to their second care home, which is the one for girl children. Currently, 35 children (25 boys and 10 girls) between 4-18 years stay at these homes. A majority…

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AIDS/HIV, Jaipur, Positive Women Network of Rajasthan, Rajasthan

How it began at The Positive Women Network of Rajasthan

The Positive Women Network of Rajasthan (PWNR) was founded in 1958 by a group of HIV positive women, but officially registered only in 2006. All the founding women had suffered bad experiences with current help centres; they had witnessed how women were being exploited by the men who were running these charitable centres. Being HIV…

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AIDS/HIV, Pune, Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children), Women's Rights

Teaching women to become independent in spirit, in thought, in action and have full control over their lives

It was going to be my first visit to Budhwar Peth, Pune’s famous red-light area, and I was both nervous and excited. While safety concerns were making me a little nervous, I was excited at the prospect of finally visiting this oh-so-talked-about area. The Pune-based NGO Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children)’s…

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