UJJAWALA: A Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

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Key Information

The Ujjawala scheme was launched in 2007 to put an end to the trafficking of children and women. The scheme aims to prevent, rescue, rehabilitate, reintegrate, and repatriate victims trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. The main objectives of the scheme are multifold. Firstly, to prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through social mobilization and involvement of local communities, awareness generation programmes, generate public discourse through workshops/seminars and such events and any other innovative activity. Secondly, to facilitate rescue of victims from the place of their exploitation and place them in safe custody. Thirdly, to provide rehabilitation services both immediate and long-term to the victims by providing basic amenities/needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment including counselling, legal aid and guidance and vocational training. Fourthly, to facilitate reintegration of the victims into the family and society at large, to facilitate repatriation of cross-border victims to their country of origin. As a large proportion of the rescued victims are children, they will need to be inducted in to the formal or open school system, for which some expenditure on text-books, notebooks, stationary, school uniform and other incidental expenses may have to be incurred. Support for vocational training is also provided.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2007 - 2019


Women’s Development Corporations/Centres, Urban Local Bodies

Ministry Affiliation

Women and Child Welfare Department or Social Welfare Department of State Government


Not applicable or unknown

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Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Vocational training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization
  • Gender equality
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Other cultural practices
  • Sexual harassment & coercion
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Other community members - female, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • N/A

Other populations reached

  • Community leaders

Participants include

  • Orphans and vulnerable children
  • Other

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement


  • Other nutritional supplementation

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Educational Radio or Television Programs

Learning while working

  • Vocational training

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power


  • Informational interventions (e.g. returns to education)
  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Income-generating activities

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe channels/mechanisms for reporting violence
  • Safe transportation

Social/gender norms change

  • Media campaigns
  • Work with community leaders

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved health - other
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved nutrition
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms