Groundbreaking research on sex worker safety and security receives award at International AIDS Conference
Melbourne, Australia -- An unprecedented research project, Sex Work and Violence: Understanding Factors for Safety and Protection, received the first Robert Carr Research Award at the 20th International AIDS Conference, in Melbourne, Australia. The award was established in honor of Dr. Robert Carr, who advocated for human rights as central to the response to the HIV epidemic.
This collaborative research brings together sex worker communities, sex work rights advocates, the United Nations, researchers and governments from Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The research is aimed at finding solutions to stopping violence against sex workers as an important component in the response to HIV. While the actual findings will be released later this year, the award recognizes the unique research process used to reach the findings.
“What makes this research different is the involvement of so many different groups, including governments, sex workers and law enforcement,” says Marta Vallejo, UNDP Policy Specialist, HIV, Health and Inclusive Local Governance. “This collaboration means that the door is now open for continued work to find solutions to eliminating violence against marginalized and excluded groups,” says Ms. Vallejo, who was part of a multi-agency team to manage the research process.
The project is overseen by a regional steering committee that included the Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation , the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Partners for Prevention, which is a joint UN initiative working on gender-based violence.