Sahodari Foundation is a pioneering organization in India that has been working for the rights and welfare of the transgender community since 2007.
Founded by Kalki Subramaniam, a successful transgender woman from Pollachi in Tamilnadu, the organization quickly grew into a movement. Sahodari Foundation is a family, and a team of young transgender people, volunteers and friends.
Sahodari Foundation welcomes funders to support our project initiatives. Currently, our work is supported through small donations from friends and well wishers from India and around the world. We have done tremendous work with these resources and often request and receive major support for different projects also. We continue to transform the lives of the most under privileged in our trans-community and to create a hopeful future for India by empowering them.
Sahodari was formally registered the organisation in July 2008, but the Sahodari Foundation does not believe in the typical organizational structures that give rise to hierarchy and that stifle the creative responses to lives lived in precarious conditions. We work like a family of volunteers and members who, over the past nine years, have been a strong voice and influence in transgender rights advocacy in India. In 2012, our focus was keenly locked on developing the legal recognition of Transgender people in India. We campaigned across the country, appealing to the Judiciary for legal recognition. In 2016, our focus shifted toward jobs and education for trans people and in 2017, our focus is turning toward education that also explores media, arts and literature.
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 in India.
- 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 in India.
- 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.