Apne Aap Women Worldwide is an Indian organisation working in brothels, red-light districts and caste-ghettoes of formerly nomadic groups trapped in inter-generational prostitution in Bihar, Delhi and West Bengal. Based on the Gandhian principles of Ahimsa (non-violence) and Antyodaya (uplift of the Last) and Ambedkar’s notion of the Anataj – last born, it seeks to link the weakest, most marginalised Last Girl – the Antyajaa – to her basic needs like a safe space, school self-confidence, government issued identification documents and subsidies like low-cost food, housing, health care, legal protection as well as small friendship circles. Apne Aap (self-empowerment in Hindi), has touched over 20,000 lives in Bihar, Delhi and West Bengal, put 66 traffickers in jail and played a key role in the passage of India’s first anti-trafficking law-Section 377 I.P.C. It was founded 14 years ago by journalist Ruchira Gupta and twenty-two prostituted women with the dream of a world where no woman could be bought or sold.
Meet the coalition
CAP International’s work is made possible by the collaboration between its members, the Board, and the International Secretariat.
At present CAP international is composed of 23 member organisations. Membership is open to all domestic frontline NGOs working to provide support to prostituted persons and to combat the exploitation of the prostitution of others.
CAP international develops strategic partnerships with existing abolitionist networks, NGOs and broader organisations that support the universal abolition of prostitution.