Sex Workers and Allies South Asia (SWASA) is a collaborative effort between sex workers and supportive activists and organisations in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The initiative aligns itself the LGBTQI and women’s rights movements and draw attention to the rights violations of sex workers in the region.
Our goal is to empower sex work leaders and build alliances with civil society to address harmful practices, advocate for change in discriminatory laws and policies resulting in improved HIV and health services and access to justice for sex workers. We intend to do this in the following ways:
Strengthen the grassroots sex worker rights movement,
Foster dialogue with rights-based movements specifically the feminist, queer, health and dalit movements,
Use research and evidence to advocate with government, UN agencies, Commissions and panels, treaty body reporting mechanisms to strengthen the rights of sex workers nationally, regionally and globally.
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