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Community Guide: Economic Empowerment for Sex Workers

This resource is a Community Guide to the Briefing Paper: Economic Empowerment for Sex Workers. It provides an overview of the full Briefing Paper, and identifies good practice and key recommendations. 

You can download this 5-page Community Guide above. It is now available in English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese.

Briefing Paper: Economic Empowerment for Sex Workers

The criminalisation of sex work creates a range of barriers for sex workers when it comes to accessing their economic rights. Sex workers face overlapping and mutually reinforcing risks, such as social marginalisation, violence and poor health, which restrict the ability of sex workers to improve their living and working conditions and to achieve economic security. Furthermore, sex workers commonly report a lack of access to bank accounts, saving schemes, loans and legal forms of credit, insurance, pensions, and other basic employment benefits.

National Case Study: Usha Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited – Economic Empowerment for Sex Workers

Usha Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited (USHA) is the largest and the first ever sex worker-led financial institution in South Asia, exclusively run by and for sex workers. Steered by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), a sex worker collective in West Bengal, India, USHA provides economic empowerment to sex workers by offering them loans at low interest rates, encouraging short and long-term savings and supporting self-employment schemes.

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Справочная Записка: Всеобщее здравоохранение

В справочной статье дается общая характеристика всеобщего здравоохранения и связанных с ним проблем для секс-работников и других уголовно преследуемых групп населения. 

简报: 社会保护

本简报概述了社会保障系统要满足性工作者需求需要解决的关键问题。

全球范围内,性工作者被金融系统、住房、支持经济稳定独立的公共服务,以及其他劳动者享有的劳工保护权利所排斥。这被刑事定罪、歧视和污名所驱动,同时也造成了社会排斥和经济边缘化。本简报也介绍了性工作者主导团体在培育面向性工作者的适当社会保护中的作用,并强调需要政策项目来支持性工作者的人权和促进她们的自主性与能动性。

你可以下载这份5页的PDF文件。该资源有中文、英文、法语、俄语和西班牙语的版本。本资源由木林丛英文版本翻译成中文。

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Справочная Записка: Социальная защита

В данной справочной статье описаны основные направления, которые должны включаться в систему социальной защиты, чтобы она соответствовала потребностям секс-работников.

Les travailleuses du sexe transforment le pouvoir économique pour faire avancer les droits des femmes et la justice

Ce rapport présente des faits saillants et des réflexions approfondies des quatre bénéficiaires des « subventions de démarrage pour l’innovation » d’AWID, dont les projets visaient à faire avancer les droits des travailleuses du sexe. Ces projets marquent la culmination d’un processus de tissage de liens et de collaboration entre AWID et de multiples groupes et coalitions de travailleuses du sexe à l’occasion de l’édition 2012 du Forum international sur les droits des femmes et le développement.