Pembe Hayat (Pink Life LGBTT Solidarity Association)

Location

Ankara
Turkey
Contact email: 
pembehayat@pembehayat.org
Who do you work with?: 
Pembe Hayat (Pink Life) works mainly with transgender women sex workers; however we also offer direct assistance to female and male sex workers when they need it.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers take an active part in the decision-making process of Pembe Hatyat (Pink Life) Board Members and volunteers including staff members all include sex workers. Four of the seven board members are active sex workers and 85% of all the organisation members are active 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
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: 
The first main challenge is the police brutality and misuse of the laws against sex workers. The second challenge is hate crimes, especially in the form of hate murders against sex workers.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Pembe Hayat (Pink Life) also works on human rights violations against trans individuals, including discrimination, hate crimes, violence and social exclusion.