Apne Aap Women's Collective

Working towards empowering women and children of the red light area of Kamathipura

  • Started: 1998
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra


Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) is an anti-trafficking organisation that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red light area of Mumbai Read more that is also one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. Its mission is to empower vulnerable women and children through life skills programmes and to prevent the cycle of inter-generational prostitution. It operates through three programs namely, Umeed, Udaan and Umang. Umeed serves to empower women in brothels (ages 18+). It conducts workshops for Umeed members on Hindi/English literacy, health and hygiene, HIV treatment, obtaining necessary identity documents such as voter IDs, ration cards and PAN cards, opening savings accounts, managing finances, mental and physical well-being, and fighting against physical and mental abuse. Udaan serves to empower daughters of Umeed members and other girls living in the red light area between the ages 5 and 18. AAWC conducts daily visits to homes, schools, and boarding homes to monitor the girls. These girls are provided after school tutoring at the AAWC centre. It also mentors them about professions such as accounting, beauty, business process outsourcing, dance, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, medical compounding, nursing, photography, retail, social work, and teaching through vocational training, certifications, internships, and job placement processes. Umang serves toddlers of Umeed members and other children living in the red light area between ages 2.5 and 5 yrs. Umang children receive daily nutritional meals and supplements, monthly physical checkups, quarterly medical camps (general health, dental, vision, immunisations, malaria, cancer detection), and regular health workshops (hygiene, nutrition). Since 1998, it has served more than 2,800 women and children. AAWC was awarded the top ranked organisation of 2016 by Global Giving.


  • Human Rights
  • Gender

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Project Location


61-B, Room No. 6, Ground Floor, Shankarrao Pupala Marg, 11th Lane Kamathipura, Opposite Pochammadevi temple

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West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

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