HEART Society (Humanitarian Enhancement Aid for Resilient Transformation)

Who do you work with?

Female, Male, Transgender & Sex Worker.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

Sex workers are one of the main focuses of our organization. If we are not a sex-worker led organization, we bring them under core management and they are contributing to decision making at the office and field level and building networks in different parts of the society. They are closely related to us.

Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face

We have faced and continue to face many challenges while working with sex workers. Among them, one of the main 2 challenges are as follows:
1. I want to hide myself and sharing impressions doesn't come up with the right information. Due to which they become rather brave to lead sex worker life.
2. Expectations are high but non-participatory, not co-operative. Due to which the concerned people of the organization have to struggle to bring the targeted output and outcome of the initiatives and projects.

Describe other areas of your work

Although we are not a sex-worker led organization, one of the main focuses of our work is the sex worker and prostitute community. In addition, the other stakeholders and areas of work we have as follows:
 Transgender Community
 LGBQTI
 Ethnic and Tribal Communities
 Elder and Child Care
 Adolescent Engagement
 Orphan and Widow Community

Country
Bangladés