Aatmvishwas means self confidence in Hindi. This group was started by sex workers for sex workers in Bhiwandi, in the Thane district of Maharashtra, India.
The sex workers face several hardships due to lack of guidance, illiteracy, lack of skills, no resources for other job opportunities, lack of advocacy for their rights and health related issues due to their lifestyle and the prevailing pollution in the city.
Several sex workers have worked has peer educators or outreach workers for other organizations working in the same area. Using this experience, they started Aatmvishwas, a group dedicated to increasing the self confidence amongst the women working in the red light district. By empowering them with better life skills, awareness about their health and nutrition, providing support and spreading awareness about health and pollution in their neighborhood, as well as providing constant legal aid support when dealing with law.