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Sex workers, transgenders largely ignorant of scheme benefits, reveals study

in INDIA, 31/08/2013

The first ever study undertaken on sex workers and transgenders’ access to various government welfare schemes in East Godavari district revealed that there is a deep rooted prejudice against the community and the resultant stigma and discrimination coupled with the community’s own lack of knowledge are key bottlenecks in accessing the benefits of welfare schemes.

The survey was conducted by five community based organisations (CBOs) in East Godavari district with 443 respondents of five major schemes and entitlements like Aadhar card, pension, education, housing and the Self Help Group scheme being implemented by the government.

The five CBOs which conducted the survey are Nari Saksham (Rajahmundry), Velugu Rekha Mahila Mandali (Kakinada), WISE (Peddapuram), Udaya Rekha Mahila Mandali (Tuni) and Aasha Jyothi Mahila Sangham (Amalapuram), supported by the Centre for Advocacy and Research in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) and Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT).

The CBOs acted as a bridge between sex workers and service providers.

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