Women of Power Initiative


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Who do you work with?: 
We work with - male, female and transgender sex workers, clients, and partners.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
WOPI is a sex worker-led group for sex workers and they are involved in the organisation as they carry out HIV counseling and testing, staff support networks, media advocacy, and report acts of violence against sex workers – from assault to murder, gender-based violence, sex worker’s rights, Social, Health and Empowerment.
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: 
Police harassment and stigma/ discrimination). Nigerian society and culture do not accept sex work as work, hence everybody frowns at a sex worker and she is not comfortable being one and so cannot openly solicit for clients. Sex workers are discriminated against by the law enforcement agency that are supposed to protect them. They face discrimination from clients, family, friends, and government and they can not access health services.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We are active during events held for the17th December, which is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and also on World AIDS Day. We aslo undertake Aavocacy to the government bodies such as Police, Ministry of Health, Women Affairs, Justice to gain support and media attention to publicise our work.