Amrita Sarkar

A Champion for India’s Transgender Community

Amrita Sarkar has been involved with transgender activism for close to two decades and has been involved in numerous capacity building initiatives for transgender communities at the national and international level.

Amrita Sarkar has been involved with transgender activism for close to two decades and has been involved in numerous capacity building initiatives for transgender communities at the national and international level. She is the one of the founding members and a co-chair of the IRGT – A Global Network of Trans Women and HIV.

Amrita is currently working with Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII). She is also an active member of TPATH (Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health). From 2014 to 2016, she was a member of the Community, Rights and Gender Advisory group of the Global Fund. She was involved in the working group to develop TRANSIT, a global guideline to implement HIV and STI programmes with transgender people and lead an important chapter (community empowerment) for the guidelines.

In India, she led various programmes designed for the transgender community. One of them was to help build the capacity of trans-led organisations, which was supported by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and was India’s first national level trans capacity building programme. She has been a part of the core working group formed by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), India to design trans specific intervention programmes under NACP IV (National AIDS Control Programme – Phase IV).

She has also made two films on transgender issues and those have been screened at various international platforms. She is a trained counsellor and has completed her post graduate work in social welfare.


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