POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa, Gatineau, Work, Educate, Resist)

Location

Ottawa
Canada
Contact email: 
powerottawa@gmail.com

Power Ottawa on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25239492838

Who do you work with?: 
Our focus is on sex workers. We are an unfunded organisation.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
We are a by and for sex-worker organisation, sex-worker led, with current and former sex workers are on our membership and board. We do allow allied members, however, the board must always be comprised of a majority of current and former 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
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
- Police Repression - Massive targeting of migrant sex workers - Criminalisation - Community groups organising against street -based workers - Stigma