PION was founded in 1990 by female sex workers. The organisation is a political voice for female, male and transgender sex workers and promotes sex workers' rights and health.
Who do you work with?:
PION is the interest group and political voice of sex workers of all genders and sexual orientation who work in Norway. We work with health and rights, and works HIV / STI prevention by ensuring that sex workers have free access to condoms and lubricant, health checks, vaccinations, etc. In addition, we ensure that sex workers have access to legal assistance and guidance
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Both staff and the organization's board consists of former and current sex workers as well as people with other professions. The Board has overall responsibility for the organization's work and goals, and the leader, Janni A. Winther Bauer, is PION's media representative. And among our outreachworkers there are people with sex work experiences.
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:
Sex workers in Norway face criminalization, stigma, infringement of rights and lack of legal protection. The ban on buying sex, and sex workers role as victims of exploitation and sexual violence without legal status have created an untenable situation.
Describe other areas of your work:
We work actively with other organizations such as drug use organizations, LGBT organizations and groups, HIV organizations and groups, and promote sex workers' needs and rights in forums related to health and judicial authorities.