Working from a rights-based approach to health service delivery to sex workers

This article, in Exchange on HIV/AIDS, Sexuality and Gender, focuses on the relationship between HIV and sex workers’ rights. It outlines the elements of a rights-based approach to sex work and includes information on how the criminalisation of sex work and stigma and discrimination increase vulnerability. It suggests that the key elements of a rights based approach are that it:

  • Increases empowerment;
  • Supports participation and self organising;
  • Fights discrimination and stigmatisation;
  • Provides (access to) legal education;
  • Provides access to legal redress/public litigation; and 
  • Includes advocacy and lobbying using human rights.
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Van Beelen, N and Ditmore, M