Guyana Sex Work Coalition (GSWC)

 

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Miriam Edwards

Founder of GSWC

 

 

 

Who we are

The Guyana Sex Work Coalition is a network of groups and individuals living in Guyana that are engaged in sex work.  Our members include female, male and trans sex workers from both urban and rural communities whose work may be street-based, hotel/motel-based, or brothel-based.  We were formed in October 2008.

 

What we do

Our core services include counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections, support group meetings, training and capacity building for sex workers. Other service offerings include sensitization and empowerment sessions for law enforcement officers, health care providers and operators of establishments that cater exclusively to sex work. These sensitization sessions are aimed at strengthening the stakeholders’ capacity so that they can dispense their services in a non-judgmental, safe and enabling manner, free from discrimination.

In addition to supporting sex workers, we offer our programs and services to men who have sex with men (MSM), youth, women, ex-prisoners and persons who are living with HIV.

 

Where we work

The Coalition is comprised of and provides services to groups and individuals living in Guyana.

 

What we have achieved

Each year on December 17, the Coalition commemorates the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. In 2011, we launched our first ever Sex Worker march in Guyana as part our advocacy strategy to protect all sex workers from human rights violations such as arbitrary arrest, abuse, violence and extortion. In 2012 and beyond, we will continue to advocate for the human rights of sex workers.

 

How to contact us

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