Who do you work with?:
We work with male, female and trans* commercial sex workers and their clients, MSM and LGBTI people, People who use drugs - PWUD (including PWID), migrants, refugees, and prisoners.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Both female and transgender sex workers are involved in our administrative staff in different important roles.
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:
Commercial sex workers (CSWs) are reported to experience institutionalized discrimination and social stigma in all areas of public life, including access to healthcare, education and employment, violent treatment by law enforcement agencies. Sex work still remains illegal in Armenia which makes the community more vulnerable.
Describe other areas of your work:
Our NGO was established in 1998․ Our activity is based on humanitarian principles to contribute to the regulation of the issues and problems of the society, and in particular the issues that vulnerable groups face in the Armenian society. Our vision is Society led by principles non-discrimination, rule of law and human rights, equality and justice. The strategic goals of the organization are · Human rights protection and advocacy · Provision of public healthcare and access to services · Capacity building and empowerment · Humanitarian support The objectives of the organization are · Legitimacy · Transparency and publicity · Voluntary membership · Equality · Self-governance and collegiality of leadership (management) The services of the organization are 1. Human rights protection · Legal consultation · Preparation of legal documents · Attorney support · Judicial representation · Strategic litigation · Legislative analysis and recommendation 2. Provision of public healthcare and access to services · Peer to peer consultation on HIV and AIDS and available services · Pre- and post-test consultation on HIV and AIDS, testing for HIV · Provision of condoms and lubricants · Referral to corresponding medical institutions 3. Capacity building and empowerment · Organization of training courses and seminars · Organization of meeting-discussions · Development and dissemination of educational materials · Provision of sub-grants · Event organization · Technical assistance · Exchange programs 4. Humanitarian support · Social assistance · Financial assistance · Psychological consultation · Referral to public and private institutions · Provision of temporary shelters 5. Advocacy · Monitoring and preparation of reports and recommendations · Representation in state and international organizations