SWAN as a regional network unites NGOs and sex worker groups in their effort to fight for human rights for sex workers. Our members work with male, female and transgender sex workers, their clients and third parties, while as a network it also targets decision-makers and builds capacity of individual sex workers' rights activitsts to be vocal about issues in their countries and our region.
Sex worker groups and organisations are SWAN members and they participate in deciding SWAN strategy and take part in SWAN Steering Committee. SWAN also employs sex workers as consultants, trainers and translators.
Most countries in CEE/CA punish individual sex work and some of its aspects as administrative and/or criminal offence. Such situation reduces sex workers' access to health services and legal protection for fear of being arrested. It increases stigma around sex work.Human rights violations by law enforcement and medical institutions are a common nissue that needs to be addressed and stopped in SWAN region.
- Human and labour rights of all sex workers
- Health, sexual and reproductive health and rights of all sex workers
- Documenting, exposing and reducing violence against sex workers
- Increasing and securing the access and availability of high quality services for sex workers in the region
- Strenghtening the leadership and involvement of sex workers and their groups in decision making processes on national and international levels