UMANDE

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Location

Sud-Kivu
Congo (Kinshasa)
Contact email: 
umanderdc@gmail.com

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Who do you work with?: 
UMANDE est un organisme par et pour les travailleuses du sexe femmes et transgenres à l'Est du Congo en milieu de conflit et post-conflit. UMANDE a membership actif de plus de 560 travailleuses du sexe et offre des services en milieux ruraux, urbains, camps et communautés de déplacés pour améliorer la santé, sécurité et droits humains des travailleuses du sexe. UMANDE is an organisation by and for cis and transgender female sex workers in the East of Congo in conflict and post-conflict zones. UMANDE has an active membership of over 560 sex workers and offers services in rural and urban settings as well as in camps and with displaced communities in order to better the health, security and the respect of the human rights of sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Toutes les employées et porte-paroles sont travailleuses du sexe. Le conseil d'administration ("board") est à majorité travailleuses du sexe. All the staff and speakers are female sex workers. The board has a majority of sex workers on it.
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
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: 
Le taux élevé de violence en milieu conflit et post-conflit se traduit souvent par un taux élevé de violence contre les travailleuses du sexe. La discrimination bloque souvent un accès aux recours, soins et support pour les travailleuses du sexe ayant vécu de la violence. Le conflit crée une pauvreté extrême et ses retombées dont la malnutrition chez les enfants. Les travailleuses du sexe se voient souvent coincées entre les risques de l'extreme pauvreté, du VIH et de la violence. The high rate of violence in conflict and post-conflict zones often translated into a high rate of violence against sex workers. Discrimination often blocks access to help, support, and health for sex workers having experienced violence. Conflict creates an extreme poverty and its consequences including malnourishment of children. Sex workers often see themselves as stuck between the risk of extreme poverty, the one of HIV and violence.
Describe other areas of your work: 
* Empowerment économique axé sur la réduction des risques VIH et violence * Collectivisation en comités de solidarité Economic empowerment centred on the reduction of the HIV risks and violence. Organisation in solidarity committees
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