Dorothy Ogotu is a sex worker leader involved in the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA). In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about her life, work and activism.
Our members are local, national and regional sex worker organisations and networks, across five regions: Africa; Asia Pacific; Europe (including Eastern Europe and Central Asia); Latin America; and North America and the Caribbean.
Featured member profiles highlight the work of NSWP’s member organisations around the world. The profiles are written by our regional correspondents.
The Associação Mulheres Guerreiras is one of the newest groups of sex workers formed in Brazil, yet it has been incredibly active in activism, advocacy and campaigning. As a member of the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes (Rede Brasileira de Prostitutas), it has established actions at the local and national level. It is recognised today as one of the most active pro-sex worker rights organisation in Brazil.
"I really believe in action and I believe in human ability. I don't accept "I can't" from myself or other sex worker activists - old or new. I believe that all people learn best by having to use their own initiative, cultivating their own ideas and by actually doing something - no matter what their effort yields, the process of doing it is what's crucial."
Malee Van Derberg is a sex worker leader involved in Empower Foundation (Thailand) . In this interview, Malee talks about her life, work and activism.
Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Canada’s oldest sex worker-led organisation, was founded in 1986, when one of its primary goals was to address the then-emerging HIV/AIDS crisis. Today, Maggie’s is primarily funded as a harm reduction organisation through the Ontario Ministry of Health’s AIDS Bureau, and provides safer sex and safer drug use supplies; education, and support.