Who do you work with?:
Women for Freedom is the commercial sex workers (CSWs) based organisation working with female,male and transgender sex workers, former prisoner sex workers on strengthening their capacities for involvement in the meaningful advocacy for reducing stigma and creating safe working environment for CSWs in Georgia. Newly established, young NGO is motivated to work in strategic directions marked below.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
As mentioned commercial sex worker established the NGO and are involved in all levels of its governance and management, who are in charge of strategically directing and managing the organisational activites.
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 challenges related to CSW in Georgia is high CSW-related stigma and discrimination that comes from clients, police, the population in general. Even if CSW were legal, the attitude from society is so negative that it would definitely need strong awareness raising on the one hand and challenging the legal systems in line with attitude changes on the other. Another challenge is the access to services CSWs have no equal access to services especially SRHR.