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Meet some of the women who are benefitting from a skills building programme run by the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) in some of India's female prisons. Many women are facing up to 20 years in prison and many have little to no education, the training give hopes to many that once they are released, they can use their new skills to earn a living.
Hasina turned to sex work when her husband died and left her and her three-year-old daughter without an income. She admits it initially made her feel powerless until she began working as a peer educator with Family Planning Association of India. She now feels that she has some control over her own body.
Neelam Dixit is the branch manager of FPA India's GCACI clinic in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Through the work they are doing within their local community, she is slowly seeing a shift in attitude on abortion and the stigma that surrounds it.
From Rehkha, who helps to spread the message of safe sex and safe abortion through songs, to Diti, a sex worker who decided she did not want to continue with a pregnancy, meet some of the people expanding safe access to abortion services in India, and the women benefiting from it.
Established in 1949, the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) is a founding member of IPPF. Its work in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) covers safe motherhood and child survival, empowerment of women, male involvement, adolescent health and youth development. ...
Tharika is a young transgender woman aged 19 years from a remote village of Tamil Nadu. In 2014, transgender people were granted legal status of ‘third gender’ in India, however a recent reversal of the law has made same-sex acts ...
Jemma is an intern at IPPF’s SARO office and is working on Youth Volunteer Engagement. Originally from Scotland, she has a passion for human rights and loves living in Delhi. I first arrived in Delhi in July 2012. As a ...
Against a backdrop of insecurity, poverty and marginalization, people with few opportunities sometimes feel that drugs are the best option. People who use drugs are frequently stigmatized by society, harassed by police, rejected by their families and denied medical care ...