Sex Work and Life with Dignity: Sex Work, HIV, and Human Rights Program in Peru

In Peru, where cultural norms emphasize women's subordination and the importance of masculinity, programs with a focus on gender—particularly those involving sex workers—are often underfunded and underrepresented. This case study (one of nine in the gender strategies in concentrated epidemics series) describes how three organizations focused on sex workers and transgender and transsexual people have joined together to advance the rights of sex workers. The Sex Work, HIV, and Human Rights Program uses a democratic and participatory approach in order to raise awareness of human rights and advocate for sex workers' rights on both national and local levels.