About Sahodari Foundation

The Trustees

Sahodari Foundation is one of the pioneering organization in India which has been working for the welfare of the community since 2007.

The organization is a movement, a family, and a team of young transsexual people, volunteers and friends. Sahodari was founded by Kalki Subramaniam, a successful transsexual woman from Pollachi, Tamilnadu. She is the founder of the project.

Sahodari welcomes funders to support our project initiatives. Currently, our work is supported through small donations from friends and well wishers. We have done tremendous work with this available fund resources. We request major support for different projects, so that, we can transform the under privileged trans community for a hopeful future by empowering them.

Though formally registered the organisation in July 2008, Sahodari Foundation does not believe in a regular organization structure, we work like a family of volunteers and members . We have completed eight years and have been very active in transgender rights advocacy in India. Since 2012, our focus was on legal recognition and we campaigned in many places in India among the Judiciary for legal recognition. In 2016, we focus on jobs and education for trans people. In 2017, our focus is on education, arts & literature and media for transgender people in the country.

The Foundation’s main objectives include the following:

  • To promote social, political, and economic equity and campaign for civil and legal rights of Transgender and intersex people.
  • To work for establishing social, economic, and environmental justice for Transgenders, intersex and gender non-confirming people and to eliminate oppression and exclusion based on such factors as race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, legal status, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
  • To prohibit discrimination based on “gender identity or expression” and ensure that the entire range of transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people are protected.

The organization received Kokilavani memorial award in 2009 for its outstanding contribution to the transgender community.

At the 4th eNGO South Asia Challenge 2015, Sahodari Foundation won an award for the Best use of Website & Internet Tools for community outreach.

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