Community Empowerment Project: An effective strategy to end violence against sex workers

Community Empowerment Project:  An effective strategy to end violence against sex workers

Asia Pacific Network of sex workers (APNSW) has been actively working to end violence against sex workers and protecting their human rights during various strategies. A regional comprehensive violence response intervention, the Community Empowerment Project, funded by the Women Fund Asia (WFA), is one of the strategies implemented in 4 countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal.

Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) National Training in Colombo, Sri Lanka (August 2019)

Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) National Training in Colombo, Sri Lanka (August 2019)

The Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) national training was rolled out in Colombo, Sri Lanka, organized by the Ahbimani Women Collectivity (AWC), a community-based sex worker led organization in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW). The training, conducted in August 2019, brought together 25 participants from Colombo City.

Sex Worker Implementation Tool

Sex Worker Implementation Tool

A significant part of APNSW’s work in 2017 involves training member organisations in the world health guidelines known as “SWIT” – or, the Sex Worker Implementation Tool.APNSW holds regional trainings, where members from several countries come together in one place to learn. Then APNSW supports those members  to hold their own trainings on SWIT at national level to share this knowledge with their organisations and community.

Sex workers assess implementation of SWIT

Sex workers assess implementation of SWIT

Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) held a five-day “SWIT” regional training from 24-28th April 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants came from Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Myanmar and China. During the regional training participants shared their experiences of how many SWIT-related activities are currently happening in their countries. ... Despite the SWIT being published in 2013, and being a WHO reference document for public health policy, it is clear many states in Asia and the Pacific have not yet engaged with these guidelines.

SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part Two)

SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part Two)

Part One of this article looked at barriers to sex worker community empowerment in Indonesia. Part Two summarizes discussions about addressing violence against sex workers, and community engagement in service provision.

SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part One)

SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part One)

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers in collaboration with Organisasi Perubahan Sosial Indonesia (OPSI) conducted a national training in Jakarta from 15-17 November 2016. The training focused on the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) - a guide for implementing comprehensive HIV/STI programmes with sex workers, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).