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About Astitva

Astitva's mission is to empower the transgender community through livelihood support, health support and advocacy for legal rights.

The transgender community in India (also known as hijras), which is estimated to be over 500,000 is among the most vulnerable, most abused and the least understood populations in that country. Started by Sarita Shukla and operating with Pahal - Nurturing Lives, Astitva works to uplift this community through entrepreneurship development, livelihood exchange, insuring access to public health facilities, and working to help the transgender community achieve legal rights and social acceptance.


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We imagine a world where all LGBTQIA+ people are free to live authentically without fear or repercussions. Help us and our partners to create that world.
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