SWIT Training in Cancun, Mexico

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Latin America Regional Correspondent

From the 1 - 5 of August a regional training on the Sex Worker Implementation Tool took place for sex workers in the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The training occurred at the hotel Dos Playas and included representatives of sex worker-led organisations in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico.

The fallowing organisations participated in the training: Grupo de Mulheres Prostitutas do Estado Do Para - Rede Brasileira de Prostitutas, Associação Mulheres Guerreiras - Profissionais do Sexo: Unidas pelo Respeito, PARCES ONG, Red Comunitaria Trans, Asociacion de Mujeres Trabajadoras del Sexo "Colectivo Flor de Azalea", Por un Futuro Mejor, Asociación Horizontes Diversos, Asociación Civil Angel Azul, Asociación de Trabajadoras Sexuales Mujeres Del Sur, Asociación Civil Cambio y Acción, Jóvenes Diversos Vihda A.C., Tendremos Alas A.C. All of these organisations are committed to training new sex work leaders, and strengthening the capacity of leaders who work with and for sex workers.

The workshop is a key activity of the consortium funding provided by The Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund (RCNF). In Latin America, the trainings are conducted by Tamaulipas Diversidad Vihda Trans A.C and the Latin American Platform of People in Sex Work (PLAPERTS). The main objective of the training is to improve the capability of sex workers who run organisations and networks to influence decision makers and those responsible for HIV programmes.

Sex workers learned about:

  • Community rights.
  • Promotion of human rights and access to justice.
  • Opposition to the criminalisation and other targeted legal oppressions of sex work.
  • The end of violence, stigma and discrimination against sex workers of all genders.
  • Implementation of SWIT tool designed by NSWP.
  • Services for sex workers.

A secondary goal of the training is to strengthen the capacity of organisations at the national and regional level by providing technical assistance and facilitating interregional exchanges and learning face-to-face.

It was a very intense and productive meeting. Many ideas were shared, joint actoins identifies, and the needs of sex workers were clearly discussed. Members of PLAPERTS spoke about the need for financial resources, and technical and professional trainings such as this one. Participants learned how to design and develop proposals for projects that address the priorities of sex workers.