Sloboda Prava (Equal Rights)

Location

Belgrade
Serbia
Contact email: 
slobodaprava@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We work with female, male and transgender sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
We are a non-government organization established in 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia by sex workers for sex workers. Our main focus is the protection of human rights 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: 
The main challenge that sex workers face in Serbia is violence by various perpetrators, arbitrary arrests, stigma and discrimination in society and institutions. Due to the frequent violence and persecution by police, sex workers are forced to work in unsafe working conditions. Also sex workers face obstacles to using health care and social services.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We are working towards changing the status of sex workers in Serbia and towards educating ourselves as well as others about discrimination and human rights. We strive to obtain equal civil rights and equal status as other citizens and other organisations. NGO Sloboda Prava has a central belief that sex work is work and we will work towards obtaining equal labour and social rights. Our objective is to raise awareness among sex workers and the general public and to empower sex workers.