Papua New Guinea
Who do you work with?:
Friends Frangipani works with all sex workers in PNG. female, male, trandsgenders, and PLHIV sex workers. We work with other NGO partners to design activities and programs specifically sex workers to address our needs and make services that are appropriate and accessible and free from descrimination. We also work closely with Gorvernment oganisations to advocate for the Human Rights of sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
All Friends Frangipani Members, Staffs, and Executive representative are past and present sex workers. Friends Frangipani as Sub Committees in eight places and has an elected Executive Committee providing gorvernance and leadership. Our 9 executive Reps hold monthly meetimg to address their local members and discuss the issues affecting them. These issues are then brought back to the Executive Committees attention.
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
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:
Human Rights:Decriminalisation of sex workers in Papua New Guinea' as the criminalisation of sex work is one of the biggest reason why our Human Rights are not being recogniced. Vulnerabilty to HIV ans AIDS: Condom negotiation and our work place and enviroment is hard, sometimes we get beaten up by clients for try to use condom, when woman are wearing female condom, if the client fines out, the sex worker is sometimes physically abused the client. Condom is use as an evidence.
Describe other areas of your work:
Friends Frangipani advocates for sex workers rights on a Local, National, and International level. Friends Frangipani now have two regional office in two provinces that will be delivering outreach volunteers to reach out to other sex workers. We provide support and give referrals for Health, Law, HIV services for the sex workers to access services.