Bijay in Amsterdam

My visit to Amsterdam: ‘an eye opener'

From personal experience, I know that in Nepal people who use drugs are constantly confronted with stigma and discrimination. I live in a society where drug use is illegal and perceived as evil. But this year I had the chance to see a totally…

Specialists and outreach workers from Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan share knowledge on reaching out to LGBT

Special guest blog by Kakha Kepuladze Earlier this year, together with a colleague from Ukraine, I carried out an outreach training for LGBT. Eleven years ago, when I was just starting my work in the Georgian non-governmental organisation (NGO)…

My journey as a sex workers' rights activist

In September 2013, I am expecting my first child. When you read this blog, possibly the baby has already been born! I do worry that I will miss my work that has become such a huge focus in my life over the past few years. Balancing being a mother…

My journey as a sex workers' rights activist

In September 2013, I am expecting my first child. When you read this blog, possibly the baby has already been born! I do worry that I will miss my work that has become such a huge focus in my life over the past few years. Balancing being a mother…

Supporting sex workers living with HIV in Tajikistan

My name is Inna, I am 30 years old and I live in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. I am a leader at the organisation Dignity and a member of the sex workers network Shah-Ajym. In the evenings, I sometimes work as a sex worker. It is difficult for me to…

Sex workers standing up for sex workers in Ukraine

My name is Natalia Isaeva and I’m 35 years old. I live in Ukraine with my husband and 14-year-old son. I’m now pregnant again and am expecting a new daughter! We don’t choose the life we’re born into, and because of my circumstances…

Leaving poverty behind

My name is An My and I am 42 years old. I live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with my husband, daughter and son. When I was a child, my parents did not have enough money to buy the food and clothes we needed. So I decided to become a sex worker.…

How Esther’s life became a good story

My name is Esther, I’m 27 years old and I live with my son of 12 in Mombasa, Kenya. I’m a sex worker. When I started this work at 18, I didn’t like it. My dream was to go to school, but because of lack of money I had to change my plans.…

Nothing about us without us!

My name is Anastacia, I am 25 years old and I live in Scotland. I work for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). As a policy officer, I am responsible for advocacy and campaigns focusing on sex work and HIV. Criminalisation and legal…

Advocating for a better life for people who use drugs in Indonesia

My name is Edo Agustian. I live together with my children and mother in Bogor, a medium-sized city in Indonesia. Since 2006, I have been working in the civil society sphere, focusing particularly on increasing access to harm reduction services…

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