Antigua and Barbuda
Who do you work with?:
ARC work with vulnerable groups that includes; sex workers, migrants, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) people, low-income women, and youth who also experience intense stigma, discrimination and social exclusion based on nationality, sexual orientation, gender, class, and HIV status.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
SW are involved in the daily operations of ARC, at the board level we have a SW representative who is a Director.
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:
Accessing basic health services and Stigma and discrimination
Describe other areas of your work:
The efforts of ARC are concentrated to protect the rights of its target populations, empowerment and capacity building of the populations and ensuring that these populations have access to comprehensive SRH services including HIV. The following values and principles will guide the organizations efforts in ensuring diligence in the provision of its services: Equality, Human Rights, Empowerment, Dynamic and partnerships and relationship building.