The following Toolkit was created by POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist) in collaboration with the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, for frontline health and social service providers, media, the general public, police and sex workers and allies. This booklet aims to provide a realistic account of the conditions experienced by sex workers in Ottawa and Gatineau and strategies to implement change within the community.
POWER, the National Capital’s first sex worker rights organization, was founded on February 17, 2008. Envisioning a society in which sex workers of all genders practice their profession free of legal and social discrimination, harassment and violence, POWER engages in public education campaigns, fights for legal, social and human rights of sex workers, supports health promotion efforts and participates in research projects. In 2010, POWER undertook a survey of Ottawa area sex workers—Challenges: Ottawa area sex workers speak out was the result of that research.
Emphasizing the challenges faced by Ottawa sex workers, this handbook offers resources and tools for service providers and other publics with the intention of fostering better service delivery, advocacy and community building. Join us in the fight for sex workers’ rights in educating and resisting until sex workers are able to work with dignity, equal rights and full access to services in Ottawa and across Canada.
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