Meena Saraswathi Seshu is secretary-general of Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM), an HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and support organisation working with socially marginalised people in Maharashtra, India.
Meena has more than 20 years of experience working with grassroots, rights-based organisations (particularly with people in sex work) on issues related to HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women, poverty alleviation, and gender and sexual minority rights.
In addition, she has over 10 years of experience working with global movements on violence against women and sex worker rights.
In 1996, SANGRAM collectivised women in sex work to form VAMP (Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad, which means ‘sex workers fight injustice’). In 2000, this was followed by the formation of peer education groups for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, MUSKAN and WLHIV.