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19/09/2012 - Executive Secretary

Key steps towards a growing strengthened network

The 1st Regional Workshop of RedTraSex is developing in Peru within the framework of the project with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Trabajo en grupos por subregión

Fifteen countries gathered, thirty participating fellows and five days of exhaustive work make of this workshop an unforgettable encounter for the network.

During the event, the process and the main findings of the Capacity Assessment Study will be presented, with an individual review of each country and work in teams by sub region.

The main areas being addressed are the results of “Administrative and financial systems”, “Political advocacy”, “Communications”, “Project Management” and “Monitoring and evaluation”, detailing scopes and needs in each area.

The analysis of the gathered information opens a new stage in the project: the development of plans “Organizational Development and Technical Assistance” of national organizations of female sex workers, their nodes and the Secretariat.

Assumed commitment

Today, the agreements were signed between IOM (main recipient for the RedTraSex project) and RedTraSex nodes, which will be responsible for coordinating the project sub-regionally. The Paraguayan organization Unidas en la Esperanza signed as regional coordinator for the Southern Cone, while Salvadorian Orquídeas del Mar signed as node of the Central America and the Caribbean Region and the Network of Female Sex Workers of Ecuador signed for the Andean region.

Thanks to this fundamental step for the project, the nodes may begin their task of coordinating each sub-region. Their job will consist in supporting at a sub-regional level: organizational development of their organizations; support political actions; provide technical assistance; organization of events and advocacy actions; support monitoring and evaluation within the sub-region.

About the whole project

The project presented in the 10th Round of the Global Fund (where the International Organization for Migration is the main receiver) that aims to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among female sex workers in Latin America and the Caribbean through the strengthening of their basis organizations is in its first stage of implementation.

Thus, it seeks to spread out the capacity and resources of organizations of working women, increase the quality of their interventions, improve the coverage of the target population and research on sex work and HIV from the perspective of its protagonists.