Who do you work with?:
ZIMSWA works with any person that identifies as a sex worker, be it male, female or transgender sex worker and sex workers groups, collectives across the country.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
The founders of the organisation are sex workers, therefore 100% decision making is done by sex workers in designing and implementing innovative, evidence based and cost effective advocacy campaigns capable of influencing public policy and practice in the field of human rights for 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
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 discrimination in terms of accessing health services, from the communities they come from. Also violence from different perpetrators, the police, clients and even the sex workers themselves. Also exclusion of sex workers in decision making processes (lack of meaningful involvement).
Describe other areas of your work:
Providing legal assistance to sex workers, to strengthen sex workers leadership through meaningful involvement at every level and also mobilise and capacitate sex workers on their health and legal rights (to own, know and advocate for their own rights)