Campinas, Sao Paulo
Who do you work with?:
The organisation works mainly with female and transgender sex workers active in the centre of Campinas and the neighbourhood of Itatinga, district of Campinas. Some actions of the Association target clients of sex workers, particularly anti-violence and health strategies. The Association works closely with the Health and HIV/AIDS Reference Centre in Itatinga area.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
All board members of the Association are sex workers.A transgender sex worker is also on the Board. Board members are elected in assembly and all sex workers are invited to participate in the meetings and organisational activities.
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 sex worker -led organisation "Mulheres Guerreiras" was created to face institutional and societal violence against sex workers in the centre of Campinas and the area of Jardim Itatinga. Several actions, including demonstrations, were focused on combating violence and discrimination against sex workers. The second main struggle of the organisation is to dismantle efforts to close brothels and work spaces of sex workers in the city. This happens particularly during government transitional periods.
Describe other areas of your work:
Ensure sex workers' right to work; Fight against discrimination, stigma, and promote citizenship; Promote universal access to quality health services for SW; Promote safety and well-being of sex workers; Ensure children of SW access to education; End violence and abuses against sex workers.