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This document summarises the process for conducting the documenting of good practices led by sex workers in the Asia Pacific region. Initiation, planning and delivery of work took place between June and December 2013.
Some of the organisations profiled in this NSWP global report on sex worker-led HIV programming have made significant headway in making local health care and social service providers, along with law enforcement officers, aware of the sometimes complex issues affecting sex workers, resulting in more effective and welcoming services. Despite these successes, the organisations themselves often operate on a shoestring budget and in an unfavourable political climate which sees widespread stigma and hostility towards sex workers and other marginalised groups.
The role of this report is to highlight the contribution of four sex worker-led organisations in developing and advancing such an evidence-based and comprehensive response to HIV: Tais Plus from Kyrgyzstan, STARSTAR from Macedonia, Rose Alliance from Sweden, and Silver Rose from the Russian Federation.
Il est indispensable de cibler correctement l’investissement en faveur de la lutte contre le VIH pour y apporter une réponse efficace. Cibler les bonnes populations et les bonnes interventions à la bonne échelle n’est pas chose aisée.
Since the beginning of the epidemic sex workers have experienced a heightened burden of HIV.
This briefing paper was developed in line with the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) priority to highlight the needs and rights of male sex workers (MSW) and presents an overview of some of the main issues faced by MSW globally; it also highlights some of the advocacy and activism efforts by MSW communities that have challenged these issues.
The 2012 report follows the passing of a 2009 law by the Delhi High Court that decriminalized private consensual sex between adults. The report highlights how transphobia has permeated different structures of Indian society, family, and institutions, robbing transgenders of their human dignity. It documents the number of murders and extra-judicial killings of transgender women human rights defenders in Latin America, whose deaths remain uninvestigated by government agencies.
Through face-to-face meetings, Skype conversations, and other methods of communications, positive sex workers came together in anger and solidarity to demand recognition of their voices and experiences in discussions, related policy, and programming that directly impact their lives.