Equal rights for all movement works with Trans, Male, Female and other sex workers currently involved in sex work as their profession. The organization also works with partners, stakeholders, allies and the feminist movement to ensure inclusion of transgender women and female sex workers issues are heard and advocated for as women in general. We infiltrate beneficial avenues to ensure representation and voices of sex workers are heard and recognized as women that are faced with similar challenges any other women face in our country. By so doing, we spread the message of “we are more than sex workers”.
ERAM consults sex workers on various level of the organization, it is imperative for ERAM to engage and collaborate with sex workers to ensure we share decision-making with them. The following are the areas the organizations share decision-making with sex workers;
Financial planning and influencing all our governance documents to ensure policies do protect them and their organization.
There is lack of understanding and access to comprehensive SRHR services for sex workers in Namibia. Some of the key barriers are; cultural norms and ideological opposition and criminalization of soliciting, that often impedes access to services, both before and during crisis.
ERAM continuously conducts workshop and meetings to foster knowledge that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression, and through that we identify everything and anything causes marginalization and of sex workers based on their gender, race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity, physical ability etc…..
We raise awareness through intersectionality to reinforce the perspective that we are complex as human beings and we are defined and influenced by a number of identifying factors. The work also brings forth the element of equity and equality of transgender women in the sex work industry, to make sure communities and sex workers themselves are able to understand why transgender women claim space in women’s spaces, intersectionality allow cis-women to realize that our issues are interlinked and there more commonalities in relation to issues such as, violence, sexual abuse, GBV, and domestic violence etc….
Unifying women in their diversity is one of our greatest aim to ensure trans women are included in women’s spaces and their voice, issues, and challenges are heard. This only doesn’t speak for trans and female sex workers, the organization also engage men groups to ensure our male sex workers are able to voice for themselves. It is important that become part of the community and also address national issues as citizens of our country.