Dili, Timor Leste
Who do you work with?:
$carlet Timor Collective advocates for sex workers rights within the collectve and externally via formal/informal partnerships with key national & international stakeholders forums .$carlet Timor is a member organisation that has representation on; • Timor Leste National AIDS Commission (KLNS-NAC) • Country Coordination Mechanism – Global Fund - (TLCCM) • Timor Leste Confederation of Trade Unions KSTL HIV/AIDS Taskforce • Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW)
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
$carlet Timor Collective has 100% sex worker only membership with no affiliate organisation membership offered. The control of all organisation decisions remain within a sex worker lead collective structure.$carlet Timor Collective has elected delegates representing at national and international levels to advocate for civil, working and human rights for all sex workers. Members include women, men, transgender, migrant and PLHIV. Sex Workers are actively involved at all levels of the collective.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?:
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
1. Stigma and Discrimiantion: includes violence from clients and general population against sex workers. 2. The law for sex workers working is unsafe as only one person can work legally. For migrant sex workers Police raids are frequent due to problems with working visas. 3. There are more than 2 issues for us but also English language barriers and communication our IT communication structure is very challenging not always being able to acess internet or mobiles.
Describe other areas of your work:
$carlet Timor is a sex worker collective in Timor Leste that formed in 2009 within Australian HIV Consortium capacity development partnership with Scarlet Alliance and FTH. $carlet Timor recognises that sex worker lead peer to peer partnership networks are imperritive to adressing our rights effectively. "We advocate for policy that enables equality, justice, social, political, cultural, health and economic benefits to sex workers lives". "If we work together our nations will rise strong"