Dar es Salaam
Who do you work with?:
Tanzania sex workers alliance TASWA comprises of female , male and transgender sex workers who came together to amplify their voice on the issues faces sex workers in the country . This includes human rights violations, health promotion and other related issues.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
TASWA is sex workers led organization therefore the whole issues involves the organization matters is done by the members themselves.
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:
- Police harassment and arrest –lack of legal assistance. - Inadequate friendly health facilities to serve sex workers communities include the STIs medications.
Describe other areas of your work:
As the umbrella organization our main activities are, research, documentation , capacity building to its member organizations and other formal groups , advocacy work at national level