GFV-VIH (Groupement Des Femmes Vivant Avec Le VIH)

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Location

Baraka
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Contact email: 
gfvvih.rdc@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
travailleurSes du sexe femmes, hommes, transgenres, clients, tierces parties, familles, partenaires et amiEs Female, male and transgender sex workers, clients, third parties, families, partners and friends
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Notre organisation est dirigee par et pour les jeunes femmes seropositives et vulnerables au VIH dont principalement les travailleuses du sexe. La direction et le conseil d'adminsitration sont composes de 50% femmes seropositives et 50% femmes travailleuses du sexe, y compris les femmes travailleuses du sexe seropositives et migrantes Our organisation is led by and for young women living or at risk of HIV including mainly sex workers. The direction and the board are composed of 50% women living with HIV and 50% sex workers, including women sex workers living with HIV and migrant.
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: 
- Les travailleuses du sexe sont tres mal vues par la societe car accusees etant responsable de l'expansion communautaire du VIH et ainsi souvent victimes d'actes de chasse a l'homme et d'extermination - Les femmes seropositives sont culpabilisees avoir contracte le VIH par le travail du sexe et meritent d'etre exclues de la societe et former leur societe avec les travailleuses du sexe qui attendent aussi devenir des seropositives. Les lois tendent a nous criminaliser - Sex workers are very badly seen by society because they are accused of being responsible for the expansion of HIV and are therefore often victims of vendettas and extermination - Women living with HIV are made to feel guilty to have contracted HIV through sex work and deserve to be excluded by society and form their society with sex workers who are also waiting to become HIV positive. Laws tend to criminalise us.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Sexualite, travail du sexe et VIH Travail du sexe, Avortement securise et Naissances desirables Sexuality, sex work and HIV. Sex work, secure abortion and desired births.
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