Who do you work with?:
CAMEF is a registered Non-Governmental Human Rights Defense organisation advocating for the interests of Sex Workers in Cameroon. We work with male, female, transgender sex workers and those of the LGBT community. We also work with clients, sensitising them on sexual health and prevention and the importance of using protection.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
In CAMEF sex workers work as both full and part-time staff, we also have volunteers that work as peer educators in the sex workers community where they carry out sensitisation activities on sexual health and prevention of STI. Our sex worker colleagues sensitise the diverse LGBT sex work community.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?:
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:
Most sex workers we work with have no access to medical services, social welfare services and their rights are always violated. CAMEF carries out series of advocacy campaign where we effectively advocate for the interests of our sex workers so we could be treated equitably in the society. We conduct series of advocacies next to health authorities here in the South West Region of Cameroon, so we can have access to medical attention when we visit hospitals.
Describe other areas of your work:
Social integration is also our organisation's area of work where we try to integrate our sex worker colleagues back into society with temporary shelter home, especially those that have been rejected by their families or close ones because they are sex workers, and also those that get out of prison.