Who do you work with?:
Female sex workers, Indigent women, orphaned and vulnerable children
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Our organisation is a sex worker led organisation and 50% of our staff are sex workers. We have trained some FSW on safety and security, advocacy knowledge and human rights. We also have peer sessions & step down trainings at brothels and some of our peer educators are sex workers.
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:
- Criminalisation: our community members are being criminalised , they are beig raided by police and arrested unjustly. - Stigma & Discimination: Sex workers are being stigmatized and discriminated and we are made to feel like we are nobody.
Describe other areas of your work:
- HIV & STI reduction for women - Scholarships for orphaned and vulnerable children - Economic empowerment for the Indigent women - Human rights intervention for target population