Pilot Mathambo Centre for Men's Health

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Location

Botswana
Contact email: 
pmathambo@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We primarily with male sex workers who are MSM, Gay men, Bisexual men. Our focus is on creating demand for access for sexual reproductive health services for Male Sex Workers in Urban and Rural Botswana.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are part of the executive management of the organization. We have registered members who are sex workers who take part of the annual general. In day to day community outreach activities sex workers are involved as organizers
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 - Male sex workers (MSW) are faced with discrimination in the health care service facilities as their stereotypes that sex workers are expected to be females and their work is viewed MSW as carriers of HIV. 2. Homophobia: Our MSW who are homosexuals experience homophobic attack
Describe other areas of your work: 
-PMCFMH also provides one on one and group counselling to MSW -Advocacy using a human rights approach for sex workers 'rights -Assertiveness training and capacity building of sex workers to grow professionally -Provision of Financial training to sex workers
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