Who do you work with?:
FADA is a Sex Workers led organisation founded by Sex workers for sex workers in Rwanda. FADA works with female, male, Trans sex workers to improve livelihoods and health for sex workers as well as combating all forms of gender based violence and discrimination.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
75% are sex workers and they make decisions, be it implementing, planning or conducting programmes. They organise themselves to deal with issues that affect sex workers in Rwanda.
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:
Stigma and discrimination from the health facilities, the society even from the sex workers’ community and want to overcome so that there will be unity. Also the punitive laws that criminalise sex workers in Rwanda. They also face violence from each other, their clients, even their partners.
Describe other areas of your work:
Sensitizing the community, the health care workers about sex workers’ issues so that we will be able to engage other stakeholders or human rights protectors about our issues as sex workers.