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A workshop was recently held in Geneva that brought together leading experts in health and human rights, technical partners, representatives of networks of key populations and people living with HIV, donors, grant recipients, civil society organizations, scholars and Global Fund board members and staff.

This paper places the development of sex workers’ movements over the past two decades within the historical context of feminist discourses on violence against women. The paper discusses the importance of the discourse on violence against women in framing contemporary abolitionist campaigns that seek to criminalize sex work. It goes on to discuss the contemporary context, including the status of alliances and dialogue between women’s, LGBTQ, and sex workers’ movements, focusing on India.

Key populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender populations and people who inject drugs continue to bear a disproportionate brunt of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. They face many barriers including criminalisation. They also experience barriers to HIV treatment, often a result of fears that they will experience discrimination if they seek services in mainstream health settings. This is why sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender populations and people who inject drugs are often described as ‘hard to reach’ populations.

This summary of The Needs and Rights of Trans Sex Workers briefing paper focuses on the issues and needs identified by trans sex workers as disclosed in NSWP forums, including an online questionnaire and face-to-face focus groups.

This briefing paper focuses on the issues and needs identified by trans sex workers (TSW) as disclosed in NSWP forums including an online questionnaire and face-to-face focus groups. Attention is first given to the issue of intersectionality, aiming to give context to the community of TSW before examining the needs and rights of this group. Legal situations are then discussed, noting how legislative systems can have an impact on the lives and work of TSW worldwide.

Male sex workers (MSW) constitute a large component of NSWP’s membership and this summary of The Needs and Rights of Male Sex Workers briefing paper aims to go some way in highlighting the needs and rights of this community.

This briefing paper has been developed in line with the NSWP priority to focus on and highlight the needs and rights of male sex workers. This paper presents an overview of some of the main issues faced by male sex workers (MSW) globally and highlights some of the advocacy and activism efforts by male sex worker communities that have challenged these issues. This paper is intended for those who make policy, design and implement programmes, and work directly with MSW in the hope of increasing awareness and understanding of the multiple realities and needs of this community.

This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groupsseries created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Know It: The Rights Frameworkdiscusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalised communities;

This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groupsseries created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Know It: The Rights Frameworkdiscusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalised communities;

This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groupsseries created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Know It: The Rights Frameworkdiscusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalised communities;