Espace Confiance

Location

Abidjan
Ivory Coast
Contact email: 
espaceconfiance@yahoo.fr
Who do you work with?: 
We work with sex workers: women, men, homosexuals, transgender, clients, managers, partners and children of sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
They are members of the organisation. They are paid employees or volunteers of the organisation. Their priorities are taken into account in developing action plans and strategies.
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
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
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: 
Permanent availability of condoms without charge. Security in the course of their work (police officer harassment, assaults and robberies).
Describe other areas of your work: 
Reduce the vulnerability in terms of empowerment (not in terms of abandonment of sex work). Creation of health clubs run by sex workers and for their benefit.