NSWP's Latin America Refgional Correspondent caught up with APROSMIG or 'Associação das Prostitutas de Minas Gerais' (Association of Prostitutes from Minas Gerais)
Like several other sex worker rights groups, Montreal-based Stella was born at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. At that time, Stella says, public authorities were debating the introduction and imposition of medical exams and mandatory HIV tests of sex workers. “In response to this additional social and medical measure of control,” the organisation says, “we began to organise.”
I first met with members of the Malawi Sex Workers Alliance (MASWA) during the 17th ICASA conference that was held in Cape Town in December 2013. I had the great pleasure to meet the beautiful, ever smiling Zinenani Lucy Majawa, the publicity secretary of MASWA, and was very excited to be interviewing her two years later, on the strides taken by this young and vibrant movement.
What is MASWA and why was it formed?
Photo: SWING staff promoting 2014’s International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, at the entrance to the Patpong (Bangkok) drop-in and office space.
Photo: Mr. Joel Simpson, Managing Director of SASOD and Ms. Tiffany Barry, Past Social Change Consultant at the launch of SASOD's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report Launch.
Photo: Kırmızı Şemsiye at May Day protest.
The Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association “Kırmızı Şemsiye” is a sex worker led organisation founded in April 2013 in Turkey and a member of the regional networks ICRSE, the International Commitee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and SWAN, the Sex Worker’s Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Which countries and/or regions is your organisation focused on in terms of mobilising support for the work that you do?
Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Canada’s oldest sex worker-led organisation, was founded in 1986, when one of its primary goals was to address the then-emerging HIV/AIDS crisis. Today, Maggie’s is primarily funded as a harm reduction organisation through the Ontario Ministry of Health’s AIDS Bureau, and provides safer sex and safer drug use supplies; education, and support.