Practical information for sex worker communities in plain English. Additional languages will be posted here when available.
This is a guide to the large and complex organisation known as The Global Fund. It describes the key structures at global and country levels, what they do, and suggests how to interact with them. It also looks at the various Global Fund strategies and policies and their impact, risks and opportunities for key populations. References are included for further reading.
The Sex Workers Implementation Tool (SWIT) is the short title for the World Health Organisation’s most recent guidelines on implementing comprehensive HIV/STI programmes with sex workers. The guidelines cover community empowerment, addressing violence against sex workers, community-led services, condom and lubricant programming, clinical and support services, and program management.
This four page fact sheet summarises the key ART recommendations and their relevancy to sex workers in based on the World Health Organization ‘Consolidated Guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.’
Sex workers are disproportionately affected by HIV and often face more barriers than other people in access to HIV-related services. Criminalisation of sex work inhibits sex workers from being open about their work, including with health care providers. Stigma and discrimination in health care settings impact on diagnosis and treatment, and discourage return visits. This means sex workers often present late for HIV treatment – also known as antiretroviral therapy (ART).
This guide contains practical information on funding strategies for sex worker organisations. It discusses developing a funding strategy, financial management, grants and applying for funding, and community-based fundraising. Funding for sex work programs should be directed toward rights-based programmes that respond to the needs prioritised by sex workers. Social and economic justice for sex workers requires an equitable share of resources and meaningful engagement about the allocation of resources.
The Consensus Statement is a tool for sex workers’ advocacy worldwide, which summarises the demands of the global sex worker rights movement. The Consensus Statement outlines eight basic human rights that sex worker-led groups around the world identify as crucial targets for their activism and advocacy.
These eight rights, if fully realised, would be a huge step towards safeguarding sex workers’ human rights, labour rights, and health:
- The right to associate and organise;
- The right to be protected by the law;
- The right to be free from violence;
- The right to be free from discrimination;
- The right to privacy, and freedom from arbitrary interference;
- The right to health;
- The right to move and migrate; and
- The right to work and free choice of employment.
A community resource containing practical information based on lived experiences and medical standards. (Large file, 13MB.)
“This booklet provides information about things we care about as transgender women: our health (including hormones, HIV, and STDs), our human rights, and our social well-being.”