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Juanita Kakoty
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An evening with extraordinary women at Sonagachi, Kolkata. 2 April 2017.
I was in Kolkata yesterday to attend a consultation on the Child Labour Act, at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences which is located in the Salt Lake neighbourhood. In the evening, I visited the Apne Aap Women Worldwide Khidirpur and S...

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Toasting Renu in Forbesganj with firebrand women, songs against patriarchy, and memories!
Yesterday, in Forbesganj, as people moved with hurried feet placing floor cushions, chairs and putting up posters and photographs at the Jagdish Mills Compound office of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, the weather decided to contribute its bit by sending across a...

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Demonetization and Sex Trafficking in India (Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 28 Dec 2016)
We have been reading in the newspapers how demonetization has curbed trafficking in India. Maybe that's one side of the story. What anti-sex trafficking activists have been hearing from the prostituted women in brothels makes for the bigger story, which som...

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In the Land of Abolitionists - Forbesganj (Bihar)
For about ten days now I have been in Forbesganj, a small town on the Indo-Nepal border, in Bihar. It is beautiful and very peaceful. But behind this serenity, lies the history of an important abolitionist movement. This small town is where abolitionist and...

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sharing economy in Berlin and many more stories...

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Spaces and people in Berlin and Munich. July 2016.
So finally I got to go to the city where Nadeem spent more than two years of his life. Berlin. Where our dear friend Monika lives. Where Zunnoon, the child Nadeem spent most of his time with while in Berlin, and has loved dearly, has grown up. And it proved...

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Addressing Trafficking, Prostitution and Vulnerabilities in India (published in Thomson Reuters Foundation, 10 August 2016)
Recently someone asked me how is inter-generational prostitution akin to trafficking. There is consent involved as girls grow up seeing their mothers and aunts in prostitution, and they are initiated into it by their own family. I was conducting a session o...

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Meeting a 'sex-worker' and an abolitionist in Germany
I have met prostituted women and girls. The organisation I am with, Apne Aap Women Worldwide ( www.apneaap.org ), works with prostituted and at-risk of being trafficked women from certain caste communities in India where inter-generational prostitution exis...

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Who to decide how many children a woman should have?
I look after publications at Apne Aap Women Worldwide ( www.apneaap.org ); but because I like to engage with people, every once in a while I go to our field at Najafgarh - where we work with a few freed/denotified tribe (DNT) communities who earn their live...
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