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Considering decriminalization of sex work as a health issue in South Africa : the experience of SWEAT : article produced as part of the KIC Project


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Abstract: Many organizations that are working with sex workers have learned that it is ineffective to provide HIV and other health services to them if they do not consider – and address – sex workers’ work environments, where many cases of human rights violations can be found. Thus, they gradually move into rights-based activities. By reframing sex workers’ health as a rights issue, the focus of HIV prevention work with sex workers shifts from individual-level behaviour change communication to comprehensive development work aimed at sex workers’ empowerment, participation and self-organizing. It also opens the way to hold governments and non-governmental organizations accountable for denying rights to sex workers. This issue of Exchange magazine focuses on the relationship between HIV and sex workers’ rights. Most of the articles in this issue have been produced in the framework of the Oxfam Novib KIC Project. This article discusses the decriminalization of sex work, as promoted by SWEAT, a sex workers’ support organization in South Africa.
Authors: Lalu, V.
Country: South Africa
Category: Practice
End Page: 13
Serial number: 1
ISSN: [1871-7551]
Journal: Exchange on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender
Keywords: HIV and AIDS , disease prevention and control , law
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Year: 2007
Region: Southern Africa
Right: © 2007 KIT
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Start Page: 11
Title: Considering decriminalization of sex work as a health issue in South Africa : the experience of SWEAT : article produced as part of the KIC Project