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Activities included examining country policy laws and how sex workers can advocate around these laws and skill building sessions where sex workers learned to advocate for their human rights through role playing and quizzes.As Kempadoo wrote in 2009, “‘Sex work’ and ‘sex workers’ are not legal terms in any Caribbean country.

It was then that they decided to form CSWC.” What are the priority areas that CSWC works in?

Getting sex workers to access services will also be a challenge if funding is not available. Each sex worker belongs to, has a family, has feelings, and has needs.

Currently, getting sex workers to access services is difficult. As such, they should benefit from the same rights as any other person,” said Miriam.

Miriam Edwards is the Executive Director and founding member of the Guyana Sex Work Coalition (GSWC) and co-chair of the Caribbean Sex Work Coalition.

The GSWC is “a network of groups and individuals living in Guyana that are engaged in sex work” and which embraces “female, male and trans sex workers from both urban and rural communities whose work may be street-based, hotel/motel-based, or brothel-based.” GSWC’s core services include “counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections, support group meetings, training and capacity building for sex workers” along with “sensitization and empowerment sessions for law enforcement officers, health care providers and operators of establishments that cater exclusively to sex work.” As the coalition states, “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.” As well as supporting sex workers, GSWC offers programmes and services “to men who have sex with men (MSM), youth, women, ex-prisoners and persons who are living with HIV.” CSWC is comprised of organisations that span the Caribbean and includes the Caribbean Regional Trans in Action (CRTA) in Belize, The SW Association of Jamaica (SWAJ) and the United Women’s Movement (MODEMU) in the Dominican Republic.

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