Who do you work with?:
We work with female and transgender sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex workers are on Hetaira´s board. They attend monthly meetings and are apart of the decision making process of any action Hetaira takes. The sex worker community in Madrid is the driving force behind any public demonstration or political act that Hetaira organizes and supports.
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:
Being without recognised rights, sex workers in Spain face poor working conditions and are at a disadvantage than the rest of the population when facing violence in all its forms (economical, institutional etc). Sex workers furthermore endure the double stigma of victim or delinquent and therefore are systematically denied a voice in any decision made about sex work. This has grave repurcussions like the excessive fining for street based sex workers who are being pushed out of their workplace.
Describe other areas of your work:
Colectivo Hetaira is involved in many cultural and artistic projects that are aimed at putting in the public eye that "sex work is work" in order to combat the stigma attached to sex work and to unify all women together.