Dignity

Location

Dushanbe
Tajikistan
Contact email: 
dignity.tajikistan@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
Our organization works with sex workers (male, female, transgender), their clients, families, partners and friends with children of sex workers, including allies.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers make decisions in the organization, the priority to work as a full-time employees is given to sex workers. We establish new contacts with sex workers through outreach work, peer counseling, trainings and seminars held organization.
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
1.Problems with law-enforcement authorities, as the country has the administrative article for prostitution. Frequent police raids, accompanied by detention of sex workers and often mandatory testing for HIV and STIs. 2.Problems related to access to ARV treatment for HIV-positive sex workers because of lack of passports and local residence.
Describe other areas of your work: 
The organization also works in the field of the rights of sex workers in the field of health, including HIV, reproductive and sexual health, providing opportunities for temporary accommodation for sex workers and their children's opportunities for deeper involvement in the work of the organization as activists.