Women's organisation network for human rights advocacy (WONETHA)

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Who do you work with?

We work with adult female sex workers, partners and friends.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

Sex Workers are involved as staff members, advisors, peer educators and members.

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

Sex wokers are largely socially marginalised, suffering violence, discrimination, harassment and imprisonment without trial. We are also particular vulnerable to all crimes of violence against women.
The widespread abuse, lack of legal protction, poor working conditions and discrimination with regard to economic opportunities have compromised the ability of sex workers to access health services, including those for sexually-transmitted infections like HIV/AIDS.

Describe other areas of your work

Capacity building and economic empowerment programme which involves training sex workers in personal development, savings, life and entrepreneurship skills is a new area of intervention that seeks to improve sex worker’s social and economic wellbeing.
Honouring exemplary efforts of sex worker’s human rights defenders.
Corporate social responsibility where we give back to the community through community service like visiting and donating to the orphanage, Road safety campaigns, sanitation as a way of positively reframing the image of sex workers.