Posted 5 September 2016 by NSWP
PARCES NGO is a sex worker-led organisation in Bogotá, Colombia. “The main purpose of the organisation is to identify the different forms of discrimination experienced by sex workers and fight oppression and violence against sex workers, LGBT people, trans women, drug users and panhandlers,” said Sebastian Laz Sanchez from PARCES.
PARCES firmly believes that the police, citizens and all state institutions must respect sex workers. Sex workers in Columbia are criminalised and sex workers often experience violence at the hands of the police. Health institutions deny service to sex workers, and the mass media presents sex workers in a way that reproduces stigma against sex workers.
Posted 18 August 2016 by NSWP
Miriam Edwards is the Executive Director and founding member of the Guyana Sex Work Coalition (GSWC) and co-chair of the Caribbean Sex Work Coalition. The GSWC is “a network of groups and individuals living in Guyana that are engaged in sex work” and which embraces “female, male and trans sex workers from both urban and rural communities whose work may be street-based, hotel/motel-based, or brothel-based.”
Posted 15 July 2016 by NSWP
History of Project X- Singapore
Posted 13 May 2016 by NSWP
The Association of Female Sex Workers, "Colectivo Flor de Azálea," was formally created on the 14th of February, 2002 in Machala, Ecuador. Their goal is to provide sex workers with the tools to organise and empower themselves in order to stop the stigma, violence, and discrimination they face.
Posted 25 April 2016 by NSWP
Silver Rose is a sex worker-led organisation and member of NSWP, representing sex workers and their allies. They bring together the leaders of the sex work community and their supporters.
Posted 15 March 2016 by NSWP
The HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre (HARC) works with sex workers across Bangladesh who are active in hotels and residences. HARC has around 2500 members, all female sex workers.
Posted 18 February 2016 by NSWP
Josiane Tety Prunelle (photographed above) works for Bléty, a non-governmental sex worker-led organisation that was founded in Abidjan, the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. In the local language, Bléty means ‘hope’.
Josiane described herself as an activist for sex workers’ rights. The photograph of her above signifies a lot to her. She said, “I am looking out at the horizon, which represents a world of hope that the life and living conditions of sex workers will get better someday.”
Posted 4 February 2016 by NSWP
Which countries and/or regions is your organization focused on in terms of mobilizing support for the work that you do?
Aye Myanmar Association (AMA) is a countrywide network of sex workers, working in seven state divisions in Myanmar, including secondary and capital cities like Yangon, Mandalay, Bago Meikhtilar and Pyay.
Posted 21 January 2016 by NSWP
The Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) is the regional network of sex work organisations in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This interview with the SWAN Programme Officer focuses on the history, work and challenges of the SWAN network.
Posted 29 October 2015 by NSWP
NSWP Canadian member group Butterfly – Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network state “Sex Workers’ Rights and Migrants Rights are Human Rights”. This summarises the unique cross-section of priorities and challenges that this young and active group works on. This profile and interview with founder Elene Lam outlines Butterfly's history, work and challenges.
Posted 2 October 2015 by NSWP
"Our enemies are inequality, iniquity, discrimination, stigma, violence and exploitation. We need to fight them together."
Karina Bravo is Project Coordinator at Colectivo Flor de Azalea in Ecuador and Coordinator of the Latin American Platform of Persons Who Perform Sex Work (PLAPERTS). She is a regional representative of NSWP. In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about her life, work and activism.
Posted 13 September 2015 by NSWP
"From our very marginalised position, we have challenged the mainstream discourses of state feminist organisations or trade unions and their narrow idea of what a (free) woman is, or what a worker is."
Marie is the General Secretary at the Syndicat du Travail Sexuel (STRASS), the French union for sex workers. In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about her activism, labour rights for sex workers and current developments in sex worker rights activism in France.
Posted 18 August 2015 by NSWP
The Associação das Prostitutas de Minas Gerais (APROSMIG) is an active sex worker group in Brazil. This interview with an APROSMIG staff member focuses on the organisations' role within the Brazil network of sex worker-led organisations, its work and challenges.
Posted 3 August 2015 by NSWP
The Nikat Charitable Association is a grass-roots, community-based local NGO in Ethiopia. This interview with Gelila Mekonnen, Chair of the Board of Directors of NIKAT, focuses on the history, work and challenges of the organisation.
Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP
Stella is a Canadian sex worker group dedicated to improve the quality of work and life of sex workers. It also aims to educate the greater public on sex work and the lived realities of sex workers. This profile and interview with a staff member focuses on the history, work and challenges of the organisation.
Posted 6 June 2015 by NSWP
Gabriela Leite was a leader of the Brazil sex workers' movement. In this article, the author recalls important moments in Gabriela's life, work and activism.
Posted 22 April 2015 by NSWP
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.
Posted 22 April 2015 by NSWP
Daisy Nakato is the Executive Director of the Women’s Organisation Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA) in Uganda. In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about her life, work and activism.
Posted 23 March 2015 by NSWP
Lourdes Barreto is a sex worker leader from Brazil. In this interview, she talks about her work and activism.
Posted 29 January 2015 by NSWP
Veteran sex worker rights activist and human rights defender, Alejandra Gil has been in custody on remand for charges related to Human Trafficking. The prosecution is still looking for evidence while finalising their case and all the while it is not certain when the final judgement will be reached by the Court in Mexico. The laws under which Alejandra are charged conflate human trafficking with sex work. Alejandra is one of a large number of women currently incarcerated in prisons all over Mexico under these new laws. In December 2014 one of the NSWP regional correspondents had the privilege to speak with Alejandra Gil by phone, from where she is currently on remand in a prison in Mexico City.