Yukon Status of Women Council

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Location

Whitehorse
Canada
Contact email: 
swap@yswc.ca
Phone: 
Who do you work with?: 
Females, non-binary and trans folks, sex workers, clients, families, partners and friends.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
We support a peer-led support group and peer advisory group that is facilitated by sex workers.
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 people not believing that sex work is consensual, or happening in our small town population. There is also a housing crisis that affects a lot of people, including the sex workers we work with. This is influenced as well by poverty, lack of safe access to resources and discrimination and racism.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We also work on projects involving external reviewing of local police management of crimes of sexualized and violent nature, the relationship between mining and violence against women, and various studies into issues faced by women in the North.