For more than an year now, the team of Sahodari has been interviewing hundred of transgender and gender non conforming people including People living with HIV (PLHIV), talking to them to about their lives in depth. We are asking them to write testimonials on the physical and sexual violence inflicted on them because of their gender expressions and health status. We found that every transgender person whom we interviewed has been been sexually molested, abused or exploited at least once in their lives. Transgender people from the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Delhi and West Bengal have participated in this project.
The Participants write their experiences on a think handmade paper followed by a red painted palm impression of their right or left hand. With the consent of the participants, we exhibit these testimonials at public galleries at public venues like colleges, universities and public art galleries.
The aim of the project is to seek justice for the victims by bringing to public the injustice done to them. We encourage participants to write the names of the persons who had harmed them.
We invite the public and the media to come and read the testimonials to know, understand and empathise with the experiences transgender people have endured in their life journeys because of their gender expressions.
We particularly are very involved in taking this project as an exhibition and show it to young people around the world in galleries, colleges, universities and other academic institutions. We also invite panelist speakers from human rights background to speak about justice for the community.
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