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Ain't I a Woman? A Global Dialogue between the Sex Workers’ Rights movement and the Stop Violence Against Women Movement

This is a resource written by Bishakha Datta and sponsored by CASAM and CREA. The report documents a meeting entitled "Ain't I A Woman? A Global Dialogue between the Sex Workers Rights Movement and the Stop Violence against Women Movement" from 12-14 March 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


The report features the presentations from many great speakers including , Ruth Morgan Thomas, Anna-Louise Crago, Kaythi Win, Hua Sittipham Boonyapisomparn, Swapna Gayen and Meenakshi Kamble,Cheryl Overs and  Meena Seshu

Pan-India Survey of Sex Workers

Brick carrying is work but it pays less than sex workThis survey of female sex workers found that poverty and limited education push women into several kinds of work including sex work. Therefore, sex work cannot be considered as singular or isolated in its links with poverty, as other occupations are pursued before sex work emerges or is considered as an option. Sex work may also be regarded as offering a significant supplementary income to other forms of labour.

Brazilian national response to HIV/AIDS amongst sex workers

The specific objectives of the study were to explore and analyze consistencies and mismatches between existing official Brazilian policy guidelines and program implementation in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and health care among female sex workers.

Data analysis and major findings discussed throughout the report are organized around five major themes as follows:

1) STD/HIV/AIDS prevention policies and programs directed at sex workers evolved in the last two decades;

Microbicides and Sex Workers: An Advocacy Brief

There are key issues that must be addressed to ensure that the introduction of non-condom prevention alternatives reduces the vulnerability of sex workers and their clients while avoiding unintended negative consequences. Clearly, the roll-out of such tools, and specifically public availability of the first microbicides, is likely to benefit some people but they could also, inadvertently increase the risk of HIV, STIs and unwanted preganancies for female sex workers. 

‘Mobile Love Videos Make Me Feel Healthy’: Rethinking ICTs for Development

Author's summary: Development discourse tends to limit attention to the contribution of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to economic and educational empowerment, largely ignoring other potential areas for empowerment. This paper explores interactions between people and communication technologies in relation to sexuality through the lens of a specific community and its use of mobile phones...

HIV and Sex Work in Pakistan

This UNAIDS factsheet explains more about the epidemic in Pakistan.

HIV and Sex Work in Indonesia

This UNAIDS publication explores the epidemic in Indonesia.

Although the prevalence of HIV in the general population is low (0.2%) and is mainly concentrated among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Jakarta, West Java and Bali, the epidemic has now spread to other key populations at higher risk such as non‐injecting partners of IDUs, sex workers and their clients.

HIV and Sex Work in Myanmar

Myanmar has one of the largest HIV epidemics in Asia. The first case of HIV was detected in 1988 while the first AIDS case was reported in 1991. HIV prevalence among the general population reached its peak at 0.94% in the year 2000 and was estimated to be 0.61% in 2009. The estimated number of adults and children living with HIV in 2009 was 238,000 (with a range of 160,000 to 320,000).

HIV and Sex Work in Thailand

This factsheet from UNAIDS provides informationon the epidemic in Thailand. Beginning in the late 1980s, the HIV epidemic increased rapidly in Thailand, particularly in the upper Northern region. In 1990‐91, soon after it was observed that the HIV epidemic was spreading among injecting drug users and sex workers, the government acted decisively, launching a nationwide campaign to reduce HIV transmission.

HIV and Law in China

The Chinese government uses the traditional strategy of implementing strict laws regarding sex work with the intention of preventing risk behaviours.

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