The Naz foundation (india) trust (Naz) established in 1994 by Anjali Gopalan, started its work with addressing issues of HIV/AIDS and sexuality.
Over the years, Naz has conducted thousands of sessions to help individuals and community based organisations understand sexuality and mainstream HIV in their programmes. Naz has worked to strengthen the care and support services provided to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) as well as counselling and referral for the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2001, it set up one of the first homes for orphan children living with HIV/AIDS in Delhi.
With a focus on advocacy, Naz successfully challenged the archaic law under the Indian penal code under Sec 377 which criminalised homosexuality.
The years of intense HIV prevention work made Naz clear that adolescent girls and young women were among the most vulnerable to be infected with HIV. Therefore, in 2006, Naz piloted an adolescent girls and young women’s empowerment programme using sport and life skills to empower adolescent girls from economically marginalised communities. Over the years, Naz has consolidated its work in the thematic areas of health (HIV and sexuality), gender and rights.
Between April 2019 – March 2020, Naz continued its work with Children Living with HIV as well as the LGBTQIA+ community providing care and support and enabling individuals from the communities to access their rights. Today, Naz Care Home has 19 children who are given proper care, education and support.
In the same year, Naz has provided free counselling to 337 individuals through LGBTQIA+ Support services.
Naz has continued growing its adolescent girls and young women's leadership programme that has reached out to more than 115,000 adolescent girls and young women. In the last financial year, 22,970 adolescent girls and 2,172 boys reached out through Young People’s Initiative in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Naz continues to advocate on issues regarding Health, Gender and Rights. Thus, Naz built capacity of 1,097 participants through 25 capacity building and trainings on HIV awareness, gender and sexuality.
New Delhi, Delhi 110065