Rural Women Initiatives for Self-Empowerment (RWISE)

Who do you work with?

We work with female sex workers in networking.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

About 90% of female sex workers are members of decision-making bodies. They are mainly concerned with policy of the organization .They are also concerned with the orientation of activities within the organization.

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

Sex work is decriminalized in Burundi, female sex workers are victims of police harassment and violence.
Social discrimination puts female sex workers not to have access to social services such as health care, justice and other welfare needs. Small income generation activities, information on HIV/AIDS and gender imbalance are other social issues the organization is involved.