SASOD - Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Location

Georgetown
Guyana
Contact email: 
sasod_guyana@yahoo.com
Who do you work with?: 
SASOD is a non-profit, human rights organisation that advocates for the equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Guyanese. The organisation aims to eradicate all forms of discrimination in Guyana, especially on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and achieve acceptance of diversity in our plural society.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
SASOD has sex workers in its membership. SASO also partners and works closely with local sex worker groups. SASOD documents human rights violations against Guyanese sex workers, including trans sex workers, and is currently involved in a constitutional suit to invalidate the laws which criminalise cross-dressing in Guyana.
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: 
1. Police harassment and abuse. 2. Discrimination in accessing goods and services.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Our work includes international advocacy in the United Nations and Inter-American systems, strategic litigation, socio-cultural programming, public education, legislative advocacy, lobbying, stakeholder engagement, visual arts and media advocacy, human rights documentation, health promotion, advocacy and research.