Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
Who do you work with?:
STAR-STAR strive to work with male, female and transgender sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
All activities and/or projects implemented by STAR-STAR are realised with direct community participation. All strategic decisions of STAR-STAR are taken by the Executive Board of STAR closely collaborating with General Assembly of STAR and its membership comprised by male, female and transgender 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
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
The main challenge that sex workers in Macedonia face is their exclusion by social. ;ega; and hea;th system. Macedonia has not yet built a prescriptive and systematic review to describe the existing number of sex workers in Macedonia as well as the problems and needs faced by sex workers community. Vaguely defined legal framework that target sex work in Macedonia expose sex workers to greater vulnerability and stigmatisation by the society.
Describe other areas of your work:
- Improving of legal measuers that target sex workers - Improving the social environment and conditions in which sex workers live and work - Improving of sex workers' knowledge regarding their sexual and reproductive health - Intervention and prevention against violence among sex workers - Promoting sex work as work which is free to choose and has no connection with human trafficking