Rot Association of Meghalaya (RAM)

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Who do you work with?

RAM was born from the pain and suffering the sex worker community in Meghalaya has endured. Our organization works with anybody and everybody who are involved in sex trade for survival. RAM as a human rights organization, though still not recognized, is mandated to protect the rights of fellow sex workers in the state of Meghalaya, India.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

Sex workers at RAM are involved in looking out for fellow sex workers in the state, providing humanitarian aid to fellow sex workers in distress. Members also provide social safety nets, besides others. The organization is focused on legalizing sex trade in Meghalaya as it is the only way to achieve maximum security.

Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face

We mainly face challenges from moral police NGOs and law enforcement themselves.