Phalombe Youth Arms Organization (PYAO)

Who do you work with?

Female sex workers, Male sex workers, Men having Sex with Men

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

They are involved in designing, implementing and review of porgrams and projects. They are also given primary services and refferals

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

(1) Limited access to empowerment skills and

(2) vulnerability to sexual violence, sexual exploitation and abuse

Describe other areas of your work

Equality, SRHR and HIV, trafficking in persons, advocacy