In Ukraine, sex workers pound on tables for themselves

At the moment, the situation in Ukraine is tense and totally unclear to the people. This affects the work of my organisation, LEGALIFE, which promotes the rights of sex workers in my country. For example, we cannot carry out a number of important…

Sex worker rights promotion in Uganda

My name is Diana and I live in Uganda . Although my country has made remarkable progress in reducing its HIV infection rates, HIV and AIDS are still a major challenge, also among sex workers . In Uganda, many sex workers do not know their rights,…

Some things remain harsh realities for sex workers

Since my last blog, I welcomed my beautiful son into the world. He was born in September 2013 and has made me smile every day since. I returned to work after a period of maternity leave and was quickly immersed back into advocacy for sex workers’…

Miss Susy and Mister Garan are... body parts!

Everybody is gifted, everybody has a special talent. We realised this again during our outreach training for North Star Alliance in Kempton Park, South Africa. We are Thirza and Mariëtte, Programme Officer and Training Specialist Sex Work Projects…

We won the Red Ribbon Award 2014

It was a huge surprise! My organisation PKNI won the Red Ribbon Award 2014, the world’s leading award for innovative and outstanding community work in the response to the AIDS epidemic. We did not have any expectations, as we knew the competition…

Nothing is ever what it seems

Guest blog by Thirza Stewart and Mariette Hamers We are sitting in the waiting room of the Roadside Wellness Centre (RWC). Through the door we see women in colourful kangas preparing food. One lady is preparing chapatti on a little stove. Under…

Sex workers stand up for the rights of everybody

Guest blog by Daisy Nakato, sex worker and c-founder of Wonetha, the largest human rights organisation of sex workers in Uganda. It is sad to see how the worldwide discussion about sex work and sex trafficking is blurred by prejudices and…

I want my new daughter to be proud of me!

Ukraine is currently experiencing serious political disorder. I think everyone has heard about this. Yet, the presidential elections are planned on 25 May. A new government will bring new challenges as well as new opportunities for collaboration. The…

The life story of an admirable woman

In 2012, I met a brave woman who made a deep impression on me. Her name is Thuy. Due to the stigma attached to sex work, she felt forced to hide from her family that she was earning her money as a sex worker for eleven years. Her story is about…

We are here to save people’s lives

There is still a long way to go in terms of health and sexuality in the society where I live in. Peer educators of OUT Well-Being, including myself, play a vital role in giving good information and building an empowered LGBT community in South…

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