NSWP - Advocacy tools reflecting sex workers’ lived experiences

NSWP - Advocacy tools reflecting sex workers’ lived experiences

In the context of Bridging the Gaps, Alliance partner NSWP has developed a number of highly-useful advocacy tools. They provide a wide range of evidence to strengthen sex worker-led advocacy at the national level. The NSWP methodology ensures that the development of advocacy tools is community-led, reflecting and documenting the lived experiences of sex workers and sex worker-led organisations around the world. Read on this page an overview of NSWP's impact in the Bridging the Gaps Alliance. 


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 

It was very important for us to employ all kinds of tools to further promote changes in legislation on sex work. That is why we have a huge range of resources with evidence, analysis and articles on the impact of different approaches to regulating sex work around the world. We use these resources at the national level with decision-makers and in the Country Coordinating Mechanism to change HIV prevention programmes with sex workers. Without these tools, it would be much more difficult for us to advocate for change.

Nataliia Isaieva, Director Legalife Ukraine

Capacity building on online platform use

NSWP learned that putting communities at the centre of HIV responses, as well as letting them drive the responses, is key to achieving effective and sustainable results. In order to further strengthen sex worker-led responses, NSWP will focus on building the capacity of sex worker-led organisations to engage effectively with virtual platforms and online learning. In 2020, NSWP and others discovered the power of working virtually. However, they also learned that many sex worker-led organisations still face challenges when using these platforms.

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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