Activity

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Targeted Intervention

At present Kolkata Rista is running a pre-TI (Targeted Intervention) for MSM, TG and Hijra (MTH) populations in the district of South 24 Parganas.
The pre-TI provides services like condom distribution, lube distributions, ICTC testing, regular medical check-ups, counseling, referral, and care
and support to the MSM, TG and Hijra communities on a regular basis. We mobilize the community to access at least two new services. And mobilize them
towards for upcoming services.
Advocacy with law enforcement, civil society, Social Acceptance for MTH community and HIV+ people and sensitize   the community toward HIV infection and
to improve the conditions for HIV infected population as well as to building capacity among them towards Human Rights and lively hood.
Community counselor providing counseling services to the community people for better health.
We are trying to address the crisis situation of community people through crisis management team and also to advocate the Main stream society to create
the friendly environment for Community.Thus, we have come in direct touch with many people afflicted with sexually transmitted diseases.

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Gender Violence Campaign

 Besides the targeted intervention, every year we organize a one-day campaign in the month of January, “End Gender Violence against TGs”, in various public
 spaces like parks and street corners. Kolkata Rista used to organize the events in two mains areas, especially in north eastern Kolkata and rural areas in
 the southern district of South 24 parganas. These advocacy events will target and reach out to mainstream men and especially young men – often the greatest
 perpetrators of sexual violence against TGs – in order to sensitize them to the social situation of TGs, the human rights of TGs, and the risks of unprotected
 sex both for them and for TGs.  For this purpose the campaign will utilize public discussions, educational media such as pamphlets and films, and interactive
 forums between TG community and neighborhood youth club members. Important local politicians like the local councilor, municipal corporation officers, and members
 of the police will also be invited to the events of this campaign as guests. During the events we reach the mass population as well to the target group, spread over
 Kolkata and South 24 Parganas. 
 In addition to the aforementioned campaign targeted at mainstream men, Kolkata Rista also organized two workshops cum training on gender equality and TG issues with
 two extremely important stakeholders – a) Police personals b) public health officials (e.g. office bearers of local state health departments) and c) doctors in public
 and private hospitals. Advocacy with these section is crucial to ensure that violence against TGs is prevented and that adequate treatment and care is provided in case
 such violence does occur. These workshops are planned to be held in February and will be held in Kolkata.

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Solidarity events

Every year, during the month of March, Kolkata Rista organizes the work of civil society advocacy through solidarity events with young men from colleges and youth clubs in Kolkata and South Bengal, aimed at building a rapport between youth (especially young men) and the TG community, thus building allies in the mainstream to reduce and prevent gender/sexual violence. There are a series of such solidarity events spread over the two main areas where Kolkata Rista works – north eastern Kolkata and the district of South 24 Parganas in Southern Bengal. At each solidarity event, we also include a workshop on the role of young men in the society to combat gender-based violence against TG people and to reduce the rate of HIV-infection among TG communities.

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Crisis Management Team

In June 2011, we formed a formal Crisis Response Team under project Pehchan. Apart from this, we have had our own anti-violence campaign and workshop cum training sessions on gender equality since 2004, which have been incorporated into a crisis management team that can help us overcome any problems and crisis affecting the TG community. It is currently operating in the areas of north eastern Kolkata and Southern Bengal, where Kolkata Rista works. At present there is a small crisis management team with 7 people, 4 from the TG community and 3 from the mainstream male population. Through the aforementioned programmes, we have developed the crisis management team by incorporating people from the mainstream. Hence, we have received better response for handling crisis situations which affect TG persons and communities in the said areas.