Bridging the Gaps - A strong sex worker movement is in place

Bridging the Gaps - A strong sex worker movement is in place

The work with sex worker organisations of Alliance partner Aidsfonds has made important contributions to the strategic positioning and influence of sex worker organisations, amplifying their voice. Sex workers from Bridging the Gaps countries are acknowledged as experts and have a seat in local, provincial, national and global platforms developing programming for key populations, health services, and human rights. A robust and powerful sex worker movement is now in place.

 

Bridging the Gaps, an alliance of 9 international organisations and networks, collaborated with over 80 partner organisations led by and working for sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people to strengthen civil society, advocate for their human rights and improve the provision of HIV services. Learn more about the Alliance's results and key learnings 

Over the past few years, many sex worker organisations were established, grew and became recognised stakeholders. This has also resulted in changing roles: leadership and capacity strengthening are shifting more and more to in-country community partners and away from Aidsfonds.

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Evidence used for lobbying

Key population organisations have successfully used evidence on the effectiveness of their health and legal services to lobby governments and funders to integrate and scale up these services nationwide. Aidsfonds and its partners have also formed innovative partnerships between sex workers and governments, law enforcers and healthcare workers. This led to the acknowledgement of the value of community services, such as those offered by HOYMAS in Kenya, as well as the adoption of models by others. Furthermore, laws and policies have been influenced successfully.

Training on key population-friendly services

So far, some 11,000 public and private healthcare workers, law enforcers and legal service providers participated in training programmes on offering key population-friendly services.

10 years of Bridging the Gaps Alliance coming to a close

After nearly ten years, our unique Bridging the Gaps alliance is coming to a close. Countless organisations, networks and people have relentlessly been working towards a world where sex workers, people who use drugs, LGBT people and people living with HIV can enjoy their human rights and access quality HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. 

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