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CLAIMING OUR RIGHTS: SEX WORKER COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND POLICY REFORM
EXPERIENCES FROM BRAZIL:
rights based approaches to prevention
Alessandra Sampaio Chacham
Mônica Bara Maia
The STD/AIDS National Coordination of the Brazilian Ministry of Health lauched during the Seminar on AIDS and Prostitution, on March 6 of 2002, a national prevention campaign for female sex workers, with emphasis on the development of self-esteem and citizenship rights as a way to promote health among them. The knowledge about their rights, such as to negotiate condom use with the clients, information about proper condom use and on the female condom were also the focus of the campaign.
The campaing, has as theme “Noshame, girl. You have a profession”, was promoted onradiosand in places where paid sex occurs. Besides a jingle for the radio, it had printed materials (folders, manuals) with information on safe sex practices, SDTs,human rights,drug addiction and harm reduction for drug users,and also has stickers for bathrooms, manual of multiplicators (peer couselers), pins and bottoms.
Stickers for clients
Manual for health workers
Booklet for sex workers
Stickers for bathrooms, bedrooms, windows, doors, etc.
Principles guiding the Ministry and NGOs action/ interventions
Proposed Law n° 98, from 2003
Dispose on the possibility of demand payment for services of sexual nature and suppress articles. 228, 229 and 231 from Penal Code.
The National Congress decrees:
Art. 1° Is legal the payment for providing services of sexual nature
§ 1º The payment for providing services of sexual nature will be due equally by the time the person stays available to those services, regardless the person had been solicited to provide those services of not.
§ 2º The payment for providing services of sexual nature can only be demanded by the person providing them or who had been available to provide those.
Art. 2° Suppress the articles 228, 229 and 231 of the Penal Code.
Art. 3º. This law is valid at the date of its publication.
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