SAATHII is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to facilitate and enhance effective participation of individuals and organizations in the fight against HIV/AIDS in India through information dissemination, advocacy, networking, research, capacity-building, care, support and treatment services. Anti-sexist and anti-homophobic perspectives are integral to all of our work.
SAATHII's program in Genders and Sexualities derives from our conviction that HIV/AIDS cannot be tackled in isolation of development and human-rights issues. Individuals disenfranchised because of their sex, gender, gender-expression and real or perceived sexual orientation are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
SAATHII's programming aims (a) to affirm the diversity of sexualities and genders in the sub-continent (b) to empower and advocate on behalf of women, those of alternate sexuality and gender-variant people (c) to oppose policy and legislation that discriminates against members of these groups, and (d) to check the spread of HIV among sexuality and gender-minorities in India through direct services and by building the strengths of other organizations and networks engaged in such interventions.
The main areas of SAATHII's gender and sexuality programming are:
Capacity building of organizations working on lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and other sexuality & gender minority issues.
- Training and sensitization on gender and sexuality diversity issues to organizations and individuals working in the area of HIV/AIDS. Visit our Courses and Trainings page for more information on this.
- Networking, Interface, Awareness and Fund-raising events for advocating and protecting human rights of sexuality and gender minorities
- Supporting legal reform advocacy to end discriminatory laws such as Section 377.
- Using Arts as advocacy for rights of sexuality and gender minorities.
- Direct services to individuals belonging to these groups.
- Research on GLBT Issues
Most of the gender and sexuality programming at SAATHII is focused on eastern and southern India, and carried out by our Calcutta and Chennai offices, respectively. Click on the Calcutta and Chennai pages to learn more about our programs.
Sources of Support
The Elton John AIDS Foundation, London, has recently funded SAATHII to set up a resource center in Calcutta for agencies working with lesbians, gay, bisexual and transsexual people in eastern India.
Capacity building of sexual minority groups in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra is being offered by the Chennai office with the support of the SAMARTH program.
Among SAATHII's core strengths are staff and management with years of experience in grassroots activism and coalition-building. Some of us have first-hand knowledge of what it means to be queer in a largely conservative heterosexist patriarchal society. These strengths are supported by in-house competencies on a wide array of issues pertaining to HIV prevention; the care and support of HIV-positive people; and capacity-development strengths in such diverse areas as documentation, monitoring and evaluation, quantitative and qualititative data analysis, and behavioral change communication.
You can reach SAATHII by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our programs, schedule a training for your organization, offer or seek support.