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Asia Catalyst is hiring around the globe! If you are looking to make a transition to an innovative, fast-paced organization focusing on the right to health, see these position announcements and apply today.






Position type: Full time contract, 40 hours/week; minimum 6-month commitment 
Location: Beijing, People's Republic of China 
Reports to: Director of Capacity Building and Community Initiatives 
Pay rate: [Associate-Beijing]; US $ 2,060 / month. 
Deadline for Applications: May 29, 2015 
Ideal start date: July 1, 2015 or ASAP 

Asia Catalyst works with community-based organizations (CBOs) from marginalized communities in Asia that promote the right to health. We train our partners to meet high standards of effective and democratic governance, to establish a stable foundation for future growth, and to conduct rigorous human rights research and advocacy. We aim to help our partners become leading advocates at the local, national and global levels.

Asia Catalyst is a US based not for profit organization with offices in New York and Beijing. The Capacity Building and Community Initiatives (CBCI) team in China is seeking a full-time program associate to start July 1, 2015. 

The program associate will be responsible for developing and delivering Asia Catalyst's ongoing CBO capacity-building projects, including small group trainings, individual organization coaching, and other tailored workshops. The program associate will work in tandem with the program officer to conduct trainings to CBOs working on health rights in Chinese, and to provide coaching support using a variety of communication tools, as well as in person in between workshops. As needed, the position includes development of new workshop materials, re-editing of existing material, and preparing strong material for publication in print and online.

QUALIFICATIONS
• MA/MS or other graduate degree; or BA with equivalent work experience
• Experience facilitating workshops and conducting trainings for a variety of audiences
• Fluent spoken and written Mandarin Chinese and English
• Field experience in China
• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS or other public health issues in relation to the right to health and issues
facing marginalized populations
• Ability to work on a flexible schedule to accommodate communications over several time zones
• Excellent problem-solving abilities
• Excellent presentation and communication skills (both written and oral)
• Familiarity with Monitoring & Evaluation metrics and procedures desirable
• Strong team player who can also work independently when needed
• Adventurous and entrepreneurial outlook
• Community organizing and advocacy experience preferred
• Experience with Training-of-Trainers-focused workshop scenarios desirable


RESPONSIBILITIES
• Work collaboratively with program team to outline training frameworks and contents
• Draft or edit curricula for quarterly training sessions in the areas of nonprofit management and
community-based advocacy
• Set guidelines in line with program objectives and conduct screening and selection of program
participants through application review and interviews
• Prepare and co-facilitate training sessions and follow-up coaching in Mandarin Chinese
• For smaller workshop settings, lead facilitation of organizational management workshops for grassroots CBOs
• Organize and implement site visits to partner organizations
• Revise workshop curricula regularly based on workshop feedback
• Identify needs of and develop resources to increase learning opportunities for grassroots CBOs
• Co-facilitate training of trainers and provide ongoing support to Asia Catalyst Assistant Trainers
and Certified Trainers
• Monitor subgranting projects and provide necessary technical support
• Become a trusted resource and advocate for our grassroots partners
• Work collaboratively with program team to monitor program quality and evaluate impact
• Assist in grant writing and regular narrative reporting
• Coordinate logistics of travel, and assist in administrative & financial tasks as needed

Applicants must have the right to work and reside in China. Asia Catalyst will not pay relocation. 

Interested applicants should submit the following in English to Gisa Dang at info@asiacatalyst.org: 

• one page cover letter including the position you are applying for, how you heard of this opening, and a description of relevant experience and qualifications.
• résumé or CV 
• two page unedited writing sample (In English) 
• two page unedited writing sample (In Chinese) 
• contact details for two references Please title the email "CBCI CHINA PA." Applicants who do not include all of these materials will not be considered. We will only contact applicants we wish to interview. Please no calls.

To view this position announcement as a PDF, see here. 
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Sun Luqing founded Home for Hemophilia Patients in 2004 alongside a group of his peers living with Hemophilia. As the biggest organization working on Hemophilia issues in Shandong Province, China, Home for Hemophilia has filled a gap in the region for over a decade. The organization has 3 staff and 4 key volunteers, serving more than 400 community members.

After Sun Luqing completed Asia Catalyst's Yearlong CBO Training Program in 2014, Home for Hemophilia Patients crafted an advocacy plan to respond to changes in Shandong Province's Rural Cooperative Medical System (RCMC). China began the RCMC in 2002 to strengthen its rural health system, improve access to health care, and reduce the financial burden of medical costs for the rural population. By the start of 2013, the System is said to have reached 805 million rural dwellers (98% of the total rural population). However, certain restrictions to the System--and Province-level policies--left some marginalized groups without appropriate coverage.

Enter Sun Luqing and Home for Hemophilia Patients.

At its inception, the RCMC offered patients in Shandong  around 80% reimbursement of all medical expenses. In early 2015, sweeping changes were implemented in Shandong. Hospitals were categorized into first, second, and third tiers, with reimbursement rates fixed at 90%, 70%, and 55% for inpatient treatment respectively. In addition, Shandong also implemented financial caps. This meant each patient could not receive more than 50,000RMB (US $8,061) for outpatient and 190,000RMB (US $30,600) for inpatient treatment annually.

The danger of the shifting system for people living with Hemophilia was immediately clear to Sun Luqing. Zero first tier hospitals (90% reimbursement) and exceptionally few second tier (70%) carried medicine for Hemophilia. Most patients thus would have to go to the third tier hospitals. Treatment for Hemophilia is costly, and people living with the disease often face complex economic hardship. 

To combat the changes, Home for Hemophilia Patients developed a petition to change the RCMC to offer greater coverage, and to include additional necessary medicines in the reimbursement plans. The CBO circulated the petition to its constituents, gathering nearly fifty signatures from community members.

On January 12, 2015, the group submitted the petition to policy makers at the local Shandong Medical Insurance Bureau. In February, just one month later, the Medical Insurance Bureau committed to discussions on the request to include additional medicine in the reimbursement plan. Then, on April 2, 2015, the Bureau gave a statement that it would increase the outpatient reimbursement financial cap from 50,000 RMB (US $8,061) to 1.5 million RMB (US $241,000) annually. In addition, for inpatient treatment--the Bureau said--the third tier reimbursement rate would rise from 55% to 60%.

By April 15, 2015, one city in Shandong has already been able to implement these changes; some people living with Hemophilia there have already been able to more readily and affordably access necessary medical care and treatment. 

The work is far from over but, in China, incremental victory is often the surest path to success.

Sun Luqing says, "As a result of our CBOs advocacy, the outpatient reimbursement rates for Hemophilia patients in Shandong Province have drastically increased. This will help most people living with Hemophilia to easily and affordably get treatment. As for our organization, we'll keep conducting advocacy on the issue. We know that can create real progress."

 

 

 

 

 

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There are 4.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in Asia and the Pacific today. For this group, HIV-related stigma is pervasive, as is HIV-related discrimination in private and public settings. Discrimination and stigma have a wide array of negative consequences, but discrimination in healthcare settings is particularly egregious, as such practices prevent access to basic, sometimes life-saving, care for millions of people. 

Recognizing this as a crucial issue in the region, Asia Catalyst launches its Regional Rights Training Program this weekend, with a core focus on ending discrimination against PLHIV in healthcare settings

This weekend, March 14-16, the Regional Rights Training Program will bring together 16 civil society leaders, advocates, and members of PLHIV community based organizations (CBOs) from Cambodia, China, Myanmar, and Viet Nam, for the first of an intensive workshop series on human rights documentation and advocacy in Bangkok, Thailand. 

This weekend's workshop will focus on helping our new CBO partners identify key health rights issues affecting their communities, and place them within an international human rights law framework. Representatives of regional UN agencies and community networks will also be on hand for expert advice on advocacy strategies, as well as international guidelines and best practices on preventing and remedying discrimination against PLHIV in healthcare settings. 

Over the next 18 months, partners in the Regional Rights Training Program will increase local knowledge and expertise on research, documentation, and advocacy in their home countries. With support and sub-grants from Asia Catalyst, all of our new partners will conduct extensive documentation and research on the issue of medical discrimination in their countries, and form domestic and regional coalitions to conduct rigorous human rights-based advocacy.   

Asia Catalyst is excited and humbled to see this much-anticipated program take off. We look forward to introducing you to the participants and updating on project activities as they develop. 


Asia Catalyst is grateful to everyone who attended our Spring event at Ethan Cohen New York this week! It was a night of stimulating discussion, sensational art, and delicious food. Asia Catalyst looks forward to continuing the discussion in the days ahead.

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Development and Communications Intern


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Part time:      16-20 hours/week

Reports to:    Development and Communications Coordinator

Start date:     March 2015

Application Deadline: March 9, 2015

Apply to: info@asiacatalyst.org 

 

Asia Catalyst seeks a part time, unpaid intern for an 8-week placement, starting in March 2015 to work in our midtown-Manhattan office. We seek self-starters with a passion for social justice and rule of law who will be an active part of the organization. Candidates with an interest or background in Asia and human rights, particularly the right to health, are encouraged to apply. 

Supervised by the Development and Communications Coordinator, the intern will learn about institutional and individual fundraising and communications strategy and work to promote Asia Catalyst's advocacy objectives and capacity building programs through the organization's growing development department. The intern will primarily work with senior staff to identify and initiate development strategies to maximize the success of Asia Catalyst's regional program. The regional program will bring together community leaders from marginalized groups in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, and Viet Nam to build skills on human rights analysis, documentation, and advocacy. Program participants will conduct rights-based advocacy on the issue of discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV) in healthcare settings.

The intern will also draft and manage substantive content for internal and external use to promote Asia Catalyst's other program and advocacy activities in Asia, via our blog, website, and social media accounts. In addition, the intern will also work together with the Development and Communications coordinator and management to update and augment Asia Catalyst's annual fundraising strategy and timeline based on the organization's objectives, current funding streams, and core values.

Qualifications

  • Excellent written communication skills in English required; Asian Language skills (Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Khmer) helpful
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word and Excel, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, ability to learn new programs
  • Strong organizational, time management and communication skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as function as a member of a team;
  • Ability to work with all programs, all staff, and across time zones;

 

Responsibilities

  • Work with Development and Communications Coordinator to develop and implement a strategy to support Asia Catalyst's regional program and other activities in Asia; manage content submissions from other staff and partners, research and contribute content;
  • Research new funding sources for Asia Catalyst and help track calls for proposals and statements of interest from prospective donors; identify opportunities for pro bono collaboration or contributions in-kind
  • Research and contribute general content to Asia Catalyst's blog on substantive right to health related issues; use social media to promote the work of Asia Catalyst and our community partners;
  • Generate and implement ideas; identify opportunities in communities, the media, and beyond to highlight Asia Catalyst, its programs, and its events;
  • Track relevant news and research reports about health rights in Asia Catalyst's target communities for monthly media analysis mailings; assist with composing monthly media analysis
  • Participate in bi-weekly staff and volunteer meetings;
  • Support the Executive Director and Development and Communications Coordinator in additional tasks as needed.

Asia Catalyst works with community based organizations from marginalized groups in Asia that promote the right to health. We train our partners to meet high standards of effective and democratic governance, to establish a stable foundation for future growth, and to conduct rigorous human rights research and advocacy. We aim to help our partners become leading advocates at the local, national and global levels.

Asia Catalyst does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, age, religion, disability, status, genetic information, military status or any other classification as provided by law.


This position is based in New York, New York, and is unpaid. 

Interested applicants can submit a resume and writing sample to info@asiacatalyst.org by March 9, 2015. No calls please. 



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In November, my colleagues from the Jiaozhou Health and Counseling Center and I were invited to attend a conference titled "Women and HIV in the Context of Commercial Sex." The China Red Ribbon Forum--a platform for government and civil society organizations to discuss HIV and rights issues--and several UN agencies hosted the conference. There, we met officers from UNAIDS, the United Nations Population Fund, the China AIDS Association, sex worker delegations from New Zealand and Vietnam, and staff from domestic organizations that focus on preventing HIV/AIDS for sex workers.

The first thing I learned from this seminar was the "Chatham House Principle " which ensures that participants of the seminar were able to speak freely under guaranteed confidentiality. Under this relaxed and harmonious atmosphere, all participants, including us sex workers, could fully express themselves. 

Ultimately, there were two things that impressed me the most. First, Ms. Catherine Healy, a coordinator from the New Zealand Sex Worker Association, introduced her association. Through many years' effort, they achieved a Reform Law on Prostitution, which de-criminalized prostitution, recognized sex workers' rights, and strengthened the safety and health of sex workers in New Zealand. More surprisingly, local police help sex workers whose clients refuse to pay their service fees. Secondly, the Director of the Department of Handling Administrative Violations from the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and the chair of the Viet Nam Network of Sex Workers introduced Viet Nam's newly adopted law from 2013 that closed sex worker detention centers.

When I heard this information, I thought, "is de-criminalization of prostitution in China our dream? Can this dream come true one day?" I thought it was impossible, but I heard domestic experts recommend three things that they wanted to discuss with us:

1) Further study the campaign-style crackdown on sex work and its impact on HIV/AIDS services;
2) Pay attention to the use of condoms as evidence and a tool of prostitution, and its impact on HIV/AIDS prevention;
3) Further study the legitimacy, effectiveness and impact of detention education systems on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Experts and community members responded to the three recommendations, and sex workers had the most right to speak on this topic because this issue is closely related to our interests. 

First, because of the crackdown on sex work in Beijing, we have had to change our working venues frequently and can no longer publicize where we work. But clients need to find us to seek our services. Before the crackdown, staff from health centers would come to our work location and provide us with health information, STD tests, and information on the importance of condom use. We could be selective of our customers, and we could say "No" to guests who were drunk, using drugs, or refusing to use condoms. In order to make a living under the crackdown, however, we have had to give up our bargaining power. Now, as long as clients take less time and give enough money, even if there is a risk for us to get an STD, we have to accept them. It is so difficult to make money in this environment.

Compounding the issue, if we are caught and there is a condom, it becomes evidence that the police use to detain us, or even use to put us in a detention center for one year. How could we dare to use condoms under these conditions? 

One expert mentioned at the seminar "Condoms are a birth control/health product that should not be regarded as a prostitution tool/evidence." I cannot agree more with these words. It is a contradiction that encourages us to use condoms during business on the one hand, but use it as evidence to detain us on the other hand. For our health and safety, we should not have to sacrifice the use of condoms any more. 

In terms of Custody and Education, most of my sex worker sisters are single mothers who have their elders to take care of and their children to raise. After being caught, police will put us into Custody and Education Centers without regard to legal procedure. Our families lose income if we are put in detention. The worse thing is that, when the letters from Custody and Education Centers are sent to our hometowns, our privacy is exposed to the public, and our families have been discriminated against. Because of this, the elderly fall ill because of too much worry, and children quit school without being taken care of. Thus, we hope that the Chinese government can think about our situation more humanely, and consider the fact that the Custody and Education system brings huge hurt to our families and us, both mentally and economically. In order to make a living and pay back debt after being detained, we have to start the sex work again and work even harder than before. Custody and Education is thus meaningless and should be canceled!

I think this conference was a serious and beneficial beginning of a platform upon which sex workers can represent all of our sisters' thoughts, concerns, and grievances. We are not sure whether the three recommendations will get the attention of the Chinese government, but we heard that other countries' laws towards sex workers are changing, and their health and safety are more guaranteed than before. 

We believe that their today (rights protections) is our tomorrow. As long as we keep working on it and fighting for our rights, we believe our dream will come true in China in the near future!

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Written by Fan Wenwen, of Jiaozhou Health and Counseling Center

China: Increase protections for Transgender Female Sex Workers

Decriminalize sex work, target HIV interventions.

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(Friday January 16, Beijing) Transgender female sex workers are amongst the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, Asia Catalyst said in a new report published today.  The Chinese government should decriminalize sex work and enact anti-discrimination legislation including gender identity and sexual orientation as protected categories. 

The 72 page report, "My life is too dark to see the light-- A Survey of the Living Conditions of Transgender Female Sex Workers in Beijing and Shanghai" documents the daily reality for transgender female sex workers in Beijing and Shanghai. Based on 10 months' research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker)&MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report documents discrimination, police violence, legal restrictions and a policy environment preventing this highly marginalized group's access to public services, legal identity and appropriate health care. They experience amplified stigma due to both their gender identity and their profession.

"Severe prejudice is a major stumbling block for even the most basic tasks," said Zheng Huang, executive director of Shanghai Xinsheng.  "Imagine being laughed at when using a public toilet, being evicted from your home or, even worse, dangerously self-medicating hormone use because no doctor will see you."

As sex work is illegal in China, the police are one of the greatest challenges that transgender sex workers face. Interviewees reported police abuse, especially verbal and physical violence leveled at their transgender identity. Transgender women whose ID cards designate them as male, are detained together with men. The report found that criminalization of sex work is a major obstacle to effective HIV interventions for this population. 

Chinese law allows transgender people to change the gender identity on official documents only on condition of Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). For those that do not want SRS, or cannot afford to do so, these requirements leave them with identity documents that do not match their gender identity, resulting in frequent public humiliation, and barriers in accessing basic services.

"Banking, travel, or renting an apartment, can quickly deteriorate into an exercise in public humiliation if the gender on your I.D card does not match your gender identity," said Guo Ziyang, executive director of Beijng Zuoyou Center.  "Making surgery a pre-condition to change the gender on your I.D denies people the right to choose how, when and if to affirm their gender identity through medical procedures. The law should have no place in this very personal decision."

The report noted, by 2020 transgender women and MSM (men who have sex with men) will most likely constitute the majority of all new HIV infections in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the research found that most services for transgender populations in China are only included as part of men who have sex with men (MSM) programming. This is not only at odds with the gender identity of transgender women, but has also served to limit attention and resources to the unique HIV-related needs of transgender people. It has also prevented the development of effective public health interventions for this population.

"Globally, transgender female sex workers are among the populations most heavily affected by, and at risk of, HIV," said Charmain Mohamed, Executive Director of Asia Catalyst. "But transgender specific data collection, HIV programming and outreach is almost non-existent in China."


Read the full report in English or Chinese

For more information and press interviews please contact:

Tingting Shen (English and Chinese)
Director of Advocacy, Research and Policy, Asia Catalyst
86-18311437861                              
tshen@asiacatalyst.org

Guo Ziyang (Chinese)
Beijing Zuoyou Center
86-18611859880
joeguo914@gmail.com

Zhenghuang (Chinese)
Shanghai CSW&MSM Center
86-18616826071
adoniszheng@gmail.com

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[研究报告]: "暗不见光的日子":北京、上海两地跨性别女性性工作者生存状况调查

 

中国: 加强对跨性别女性性工作者的保护

 

应当将性工作去罪,开展针对性的艾滋病干预

 

(北京,1月16日,星期五)"在中国,跨性别女性性工作者是最边缘化和受歧视的人群之一"----亚洲促进会发布的最新报告指出:"中国政府应当将性工作去罪化,并制定反歧视法,将性别认同和性取向纳入保护范围。"

 

这份43页的报告----《"暗不见光的日子":北京、上海两地跨性别女性性工作者生存状况调查》记录了北京和上海两地跨性别女性性工作者的真实生活。亚洲促进会与两家社区组织----北京佐佑中心和上海心生,用10个月的时间调查记录了该一边缘人群所面临的歧视、警察暴力、获得医疗服务的障碍、尴尬的法律身份,并对有关法律和政策进行了分析。由于他们的性别认同和所从事的职业,这一人群面临着双重污名和歧视。

 

"严重的社会偏见使得就连是日常生活中最平常的行为,跨性别者们都无法进行。"上海心生的负责人郑煌说:"想像一下在使用公厕时被嘲笑、被赶出自己的家,最糟糕的是因为没有医生给你提供建议,只有自己乱用激素,这是非常危险的。"

因为性工作在中国属于非法行为,警察成为了跨性别性工作者们面临的最大挑战之一。被访者称遭受来自警察的暴力,特别是针对他们跨性别的身份的语言上和肢体暴力。那些身份证上性别信息还是男性的跨性别女性,会与男性关押在一起。报告指出,性工作的非法地位是阻碍面向该群体开展艾滋病防治工作的主要因素。

 

中国的法律规定,只有完成了性别重建手术的跨性别人士才能更改法律文件上的性别信息。对于那些不愿意或者支付不起性别重建手术的人来说,这导致他们的性别认同与法律上的性别身份不符,在获取公共服务时遭受羞辱和拒绝。

 

"如果你身份证上的性别信息跟你日常生活中的样子不一致,那么去银行、旅行或租房都会迅速演变成一场公众羞辱。"北京佐佑中心的执行主任郭子阳说:"把做手术作为更改身份证信息的先决条件,否定了人们有权自己选择什么时候去做手术,怎么去做手术,以及到底需不需做手术。法律不应当强制性地帮个人做出选择。"

 

报告提到,到2020年,亚太地区的艾滋病新发感染将主要集中在跨性别人士和男男性行为者中。但调查表明,在中国针对跨性别人群的服务只是包括在男男性行为者项目中,这不仅与跨性别女性的性别认同不一致,也导致这一人群独特的艾滋病需求无法获得关注和必要的资源,也阻碍了对这一人群开展有效的公共健康干预。

 

"全球来看, 跨性别女性性工作者是艾滋病影响最严重的人群。"亚洲促进会的执行主任莫逍(Charmain Mohamed)说:"但是,关于跨性别群体的数据收集、艾滋病干预项目和外展工作在中国几乎无处可寻。"

 

请下载阅读英文(English)中文(Chinese)报告

 

欲了解更多信息,或者媒体采访请联系:

 

沈婷婷 (中文和英文)
研究和政策倡导主任,亚洲促进会
86-18311437861                              
tshen@asiacatalyst.org

 

郭子阳 (中文)
北京佐佑中心

86-18611859880
joeguo914@gmail.com

 

郑煌(中文)

上海心生
86-18616826071
adoniszheng@gmail.com


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Asia Catalyst is now accepting applications from CBOs in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, and Viet Nam that wish to develop advocacy strategies and implement community-led activities to address challenges that people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations encounter when seeking medical attention. 

The Regional Rights Training Program, conducted in English, is an intensive one-year capacity-building program aimed at building skills in developing community-based advocacy campaigns to respond to discrimination in healthcare settings through a series of hands-on workshops, peer support and individualized coaching. The aim of the program is that each organization will develop knowledge and a set of skills to better analyze the barriers that lead to challenges for PLHIV and key populations to access quality healthcare services; learn how to design a community-based research project; and develop and implement a local or national campaign using their research results. 

For additional program details, view here
For the open application, see: Asia Catalyst Regional Application Form.docx

Applications are due January 24, 2015. 




My name is Liu Min.* I am 48, I live in Shanghai, and I have been a sex worker for the past 15 years. I am a person with a disability, and I only have one arm. Coming from a rural area in China, I don't have other means with which to make a living. I go to the park everyday to find clients, my sex work helps me to support myself.

I am a volunteer of Shanghai Xinsheng, an organization that provides health and HIV prevention services for sex workers in China. In my work with the CBO, I help to distribute condoms to other sisters (female sex workers) that I work with in the park.

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November 17-18, I was invited to attend a conference titled "Women and HIV in the Context of Commercial Sex" in Beijing, which was organized by the Red Ribbon Forum, a platform for government and civil society organizations to discuss HIV and rights issues, and UN agencies. The conference discussed key issues that sex workers like me face everyday: law enforcement and the negative impact on our health and safety.

The conference invited speakers from the health department to talk about the HIV epidemic among sex workers, and the challenges in conducting HIV interventions among sex workers. What impressed me is that sex workers and sex worker organizations at the conference had the same space to speak as government representatives. The conference also invited international representatives from Vietnam, New Zealand and Switzerland to talk about how these countries handle sex work and related health issues.

Some of the issues mentioned during the conference are important for preventing HIV/AIDS among low-income sisters. For example, China should abolish  using possession of condoms as evidence against sex workers, give sex workers rights, and encourage more people to join HIV/AIDS prevention work. If we can stop using  condoms as evidence to detain sex workers, and abolish the Custody and Education system that authorizes the police to lock up our sisters and clients for up to two years, it will be quite beneficial for us. Both of these were discussed at the conference.

Thumbnail image for C__Data_Users_DefApps_AppData_INTERNETEXPLORER_Temp_Saved Images_0115596a97c613a5f6be2906105b15e016.jpgThe conference discussions were very meaningful for us. When I came back

to Shanghai from the conference, I shared these information with other sisters. They all agree that it would be significant if the conference goals are implemented. Meanwhile, I hope there will be more discussions on the misconducting/unlawful law-enforcement of governmental agencies. I wish the police didn't conduct massive crackdowns on sex work, didn't arrest us as soon as they see us standing on the street. Of course, it will be even better if they recognize our occupation, instead of stigmatizing us.

I learned information about foreign countries from the conference, as well as met sisters from overseas, and I found foreign countries are more open than China. In terms of legislation and sex worker rights, which was mentioned by some international experts during the conference, I think it will be really difficult to achieve in China. There was a representative from the Vietnam Department of Justice, but no representatives from the Chinese public security or Department of Justice attended. Thus, I think it will be difficult to achieve our goals.

I am very glad that there were several sisters in this conference, and we have the opportunity to stand up and speak out on the mistreatment that we experience at work. I feel very proud that I made several comments, though I have no idea how much impact my words will bring. Also I met some good friends (sister) through the conference, and I hope there would be more occasions like this, and that more sisters can join and make their voices heard.

 *Name has been changed to protect the author's identity