Demetra Association of HIV affected women and Their Family

Location

Vilnius
Lithuania
Contact email: 
demetralt@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
Female sex workers, partners of sex workers and children of sex workers
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: 
Violence is a major issue for sex workers; more than 80% of sex workers in Lithuania have experienced violence. In an anonymous survey they noted that they had been raped, beaten, tortured, stunned by alcohol and drugs. Street sex workers do not have access to anonymous and free medical services.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Human rights protection, counselling, assistance, prevention, outreach work, HIV testing, training, education, advocacy, self-support groups, psychological support. Our main target groups are sex workers, people living with HIV, drug users, young people and long-distance drivers.