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.
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.
A 4-Day training on community-based surveys, held on the 14th- 17th August 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was organized by the HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre (HARC) for the Key Population Research and Advocacy (KPRA) project. With technical support from APNSW, HARC provided comprehensive data collection training to 11 sex workers from 3 cities in Bangladesh.
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.
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.
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).