Dar Es Salaam
Tanzania, United Republic of
Who do you work with?:
Women with Dignity work with female, male, transgender, migrant sex workers, also sex workers who are using drugs and with clients all over Tanzania and along the borders.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex workers are the main founders of the network hence sex workers are involved on the board of directors, on an advisory board and also part of the implementers as staff. The network is purely led by sex workers, from the advisory board to implementing as key actors.
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:
First is criminalisation of sex work creating poor environment of sex workers to access justice and other basic human rights like access to health services. The government does not consider the need of sex workers as human rights so there is a high incidence of gender-based violence targeting sex workers and police harassment. Second, there is stigma and discrimination hence there is no recognition of sex worker as work and it has been considered as crime. Sex workers are facing double stigma and discrimination at the community level at the authority level and even self-stigma that results in mental illness and other vulnerability.
Describe other areas of your work:
WWD’s area of operation is on advocacy, we advocate for the rights of sex workers, conduct capacity building to mentor the group of sex workers to be competent enough to hold the government accountable. Also doing the movement building as we believe the community voice is the public voice in order to liberate sex workers from all form of oppression and discrimination.