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7/08/2012 - Bolivia

Female sex workers, consulted

Fellows from ONAEM recognize that their work allowed them to be increasingly consulted by both politicians and other actors of civil society.

Reunión de Dirección de Igualdad de Oportunidades con PVVS

"Our constant pressure on the authorities and pronouncing against the mistreatment towards our fellows sensitize the population of Cochabamba. In the last three months we noticed that departmental organizations and institutions come to us to learn about female sex workers. This applies to researchers seeking to work with us to learn and inform civil society about our work and our demands", said Evelia Yucra Asillo, president of the Organización Nacional de Activistas por la Emancipación de la Mujer (ONAEM).

Fellows are working with different types of research (ITS, tourism, international financing and sex work). "By collaborating with these investigations we can see that the conclusions reached will be very useful for our organization as a basis of future projects and, in the same way, for society to learn more about sex work and the existence of our organization", argue from ONAEM.

In this regard, the Dirección de Igualdad de Oportunidades (DIO) is interested in working with the organization member of RedTraSex to seek inclusion strategies on public policies of fellow sex workers in Bolivia.

From DIO invited them to a meeting with people living with HIV/AIDS. "The participation of female sex workers was very important, because in our population there are fellows living with HIV/AIDS. As sex workers, we can see the necessity of working on prevention. It is the only way to prevent the growing of population of people living with HIV/AIDS", said Evelia.

After the meeting, the DIO promised to support ONAEM’s workshop that will be held in September, in order to know the needs of female sex workers and later include their demands in its strategic plan for equal opportunities.

With the work that Bolivian fellows are doing, they consolidate the conviction of team-working. "Making alliances with various institutions and vulnerable populations is the key, because we will be more powerful when pressing the authorities and making our demands heard. We know that there are still difficulties to form alliances because individual interests of some sectors prevail on teamwork, but further work is needed to achieve our goals", the president of ONAEM concluded.