Who do you work with?:
We work with male and female commercial sex workers, with trans* people as well as with men who have sex with men (MSM) who are mostly the clients of the trans* sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Both female and transgender sex workers are involved in our administrative staff in different important roles.
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:
Commercial sex workers (CSWs) are reported to experience institutionalized discrimination and social stigma in all areas of public life, including access to healthcare, education and employment, violent treatment by law enforcement agencies. Sex work still remains illegal in Armenia which makes the community more vulnerable.
Describe other areas of your work:
Our NGO was established in 1998 and within this period we have realized and are realizing numerous projects aimed at promoting the protection of human rights and advocacy of the society, access to health services, HIV Prevention, providing material and non-material assistance to private individuals and legal bodies, and carrying out various effective social initiatives.