Enabling Sex Workers to Document Violence (India and Cambodia)

In most societies, sex work is highly stigmatized and sex workers are subject to blame, disapproval and discrimination. As a result, violence against individuals involved in sex work is seldom visible and, in some contexts, even condoned. Hence, there are few sources of reliable, ethical and confidential data on violence against sex workers - as defined by the sex workers themselves - over time. Digital advocacy techniques have been used to document human rights abuses and communicate these to people of influence, but these have yet to be systematically applied to sex worker-led advocacy.

This project is based on the assumption that enabling sex workers to document violations and amplify their advocacy messages via new technology may provide a fuller picture of the level, type, geographical location and perpetrator of violence, abuse and discrimination against sex workers. Working with advocacy groups - the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) in India and the Women's Network for Unity (WMU) in Cambodia - researchers will endeavor to understand through action research how digital techniques can be used to document and report violations against sex workers.

The overall goal is to empower sex workers and their organizations to prevent, respond to and address situations of abuse, violation and discrimination encountered in the sex industry.

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Start Date

Monday, January 18, 2010

End Date

Saturday, June 30, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Sayo, Phet

Total funding

CA$ 330,995


India, Cambodia, Far East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Dirk Slater


Stichting The Tactical Technology Collective

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