Manohar Elavarthi


I am a development practitioner and an activist for more than 25 years.

Development Sector: I founded Sangama, a premier sexual minorities and sex workers rights organisation and visioned and/or headed rights-based NGOs – Sangama, Aneka, Suraksha, Solidarity Foundation and Sanchaya Nele.

I conceived and actively supported the formation of independent advocacy-focused community organisations – Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum, Karnataka Sex Workers Union, Karnataka Vikalachethanara Sanghatane (organisation of persons with disabilities, Chikkaballapura District). I initiated/ mentored networks and platforms - South Asia Human Rights Association, Coalition for Sexual Minorities and Sexworkers Rights (based in Bangalore), National Network of Sex Workers, Bangalore Citizens Initiative for Peace, Narmada Solidarity Forum, For Gender Justice (responded to Nirbhaya incident by organising a series of ‘Freedom Miles’ public walks for women’s safety in Bangalore) and NorthEast Solidarity.

I served as the Vice Chair of the India Country Coordination Mechanism for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Activism: Worked with/supported/ part of Students Federation of India, People's Union for Civil Liberties, Narmada Bachao Andolan, National Alliance of People's Movements and many initiatives on issues of class, caste, gender, ecology, anti-war, anti-communalism...

Active in struggle for alternative politics through Swaraj Abhiyan


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