Who do you work with?:
Focus on Marginalized Women in Solwezi of north western province of Zambia, we are working with american peace corp volunteer from St.Louis Missouri in USA in educating our women in health issues that includes HIV/AIDS. The clergymen and their spouses from united kingdom namely Mr&Mrs Peter Hill, Mr&Mrs Dave Day, Mr&Mrs Ken Suckling and Mr&Mrs Paul Uttley who are helping to train them in tailoring and design. They have donated 3 sewing machines to our women.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex Workers make their own decisions on how best they can conduct themselves. We have exposed some to learn more about HIV/AIDS and the use of condoms with YWCA and other NGOs tnvolved ln HIV/AIDS information dissemination, to assist others ln the fight against HIV/AIDS. Some also have decided to carry out income generating ventures to assist them with daily essentials while others,especially the teenagers, want to go back to school.
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
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:
The most critical challenge our women are facing is lack of financial resources. They have fatherless children they are looking after. This makes them go to sell their bodies for money in order to sustain themselves and their sibblings. Secondly it is stigma and discrimination, they are stigmatised because of being sex workers, as well as being intimidated and harrased by law enforcement officers like the zambia police. We are against this because they are violeting and enfringing on their rights.
Describe other areas of your work:
We have bought land that we want to construct a skills centre to train these sex workers in life saving skills that can foster their income generation if they have to decide to leave this business. currently we are working with NGOs to train them in financial management, before they are empowered with capital to start small businesses. Our partners in the United Kingdom have donated 3 sewing machines for the women and also they have sponsored 2 of our women who are learning tailoring and design at a government skills training centre.