TALAY'AN NGO

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Who do you work with?

We are therefore clearly committed to centring the experiences of LGBTI and especially transgender sexworkers considering they face some of the highest levels of persecution and violence. That said, webelieve it is necessary to build a broad coalition which includes both LGBTI and cisgender / heterosexualsex workers.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

We explicitly committed to supporting the self-determination, agency, and leadership of sexworkers in fighting for their rights in Morocco.Our organizational structure clearly reflects this commitment:- All strategic decisions are made exclusively by members who are sex workers.it has been agreed that our core staff team must always remain in majority composed of sex-workers.

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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face

Sex workers in Morocco face prosecution based on articles 483, 489, 490, 491 of the penal codewhich criminalize public indecency, homosexual sex, pre-marital heterosexual sex, and adulteryrespectively. Furthermore, Morocco’s legal framework makes no distinction whatsoever betweensex work and forced prostitution/human trafficking. Articles 497-503 also impose severesentences against all kinds of activities related to the practice of sex work (e.g. owning oroperating a space habitually frequented by sex workers, or merely living in the same house with asex worker). Because of these laws, SWers and their communities face constant harassment,abuse, and persecution from authorities. They also face discrimination and barriers in accessingessential rights, such as healthcare services or justice and protection from violence. Finally, thisrepressive legal apparatus also greatly restricts the ability of sex worker activists to gather and to organize.

Describe other areas of your work

- Community Empowerment and Movement Building

- Rights Advocacy

- Healthcare

- Alliance-Building

- Fighting Stigma

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Morocco