Also mothers, daughters and lovers: Social relations and sex work in India – Learning Lab, 23 August 2016

08 August 2016
Michelle Moore

Join us for a free webinar on 23 August 2016 at 11am.

“I might do sex work, but I am also a mother, daughter and a lover”: A study of sex work, social relations, and violence in the lives of female sex workers’ in Eastern India

Through a three-step process, Mirna Guha will share her PhD research on sex work, social relations and violence in Eastern India. She will:

  1. discuss how research, development policy and development interventions on sex work in India has connected sex work to disease (HIV/AIDS discourse) and violence (Human Trafficking discourse) in ways that reduce female sex workers to either ‘passive victims’ or ‘empowered agents’ without meaningfully engaging with the complexity of their lives.
  2. share her research findings which show how female sex workers’ lives, and their experiences and negotiations with violence, are embedded within participation in social relationships as South Asian women.
  3. argue that in our work with women in sex work, in order to meaningfully address the challenges in their lives – either through NGOs or academia, we need to see them as women with intersectional identities shaped by class, gender, ethnicity, and social relationships, not as sex workers, alone. 

Mirna Guha is a social scientist, with a keen interest in research on issues surrounding gender equality and social justice. Currently, she is a PhD student at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia. One of the most significant programmes she has worked on was an organisational evaluation of a micro-finance programme with a group of ‘survivors of trafficking’ in villages in the southern district of West Bengal: listening to, and understanding the multi-dimensionality and dynamic nature of their experiences made her want to learn more, and that desire eventually shaped the birth of her PhD research project.



6:00am Washington DC

11:00am London

12:00pm Geneva

12:00pm Johannesburg

1:00pm Kampala/Mwanza

3:30pm New Delhi/Bangalore


To join the webinar, you must call in AND join online to hear audio and view the slides.

1. Register online now. You will then receive an email giving you the access code and toll-free numbers to dial.

2. Log in to Ready Talk as a participant online, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can see the slides. Use access code 9272774.

3. Dial in to Ready Talk on your telephone, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can hear the presenter speaking. Use access code 9272774.

If your country does not have a toll-free number, you can dial in for free through Skype using the US number 866-740-1260.

Please send enquiries to Michelle [dot] Moore [at] LSHTM [dot] ac [dot] uk by Friday 19 August 2016.

Image disclaimer: None of the women from this study are featured in the photograph, which was taken in a different part of India.