STAR-STAR

Location

Skopje
Macedonia
Contact email: 
star.contact@yahoo.com
Who do you work with?: 
Sex Workers (female, male, transgender)
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex Workers are on the board of STAR-STAR. Sex workers are directly involved in the development activities of the association, and with their personal contribution we unite together all sex workers under the red umbrella.
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
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 and main challenge is leading by Sex Workers. We follow them!
Describe other areas of your work: 
Influencing mass media to terminate, or at least minimize, the use of taboo words or offensive terminology regarding sex work such as, ‘prostitute’, ‘whore’, ‘hooker’, etc., to avoid further humiliation of sex workers and minimize the effect of the speech of hatred in the society as a whole.