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About Empower Foundation

Empower is a Thai sex worker organisation that has been promoting rights and opportunities for sex workers since 1985. It is led and largely managed by sex workers in Thailand. The majority of its support comes from international donors e.g. Mama Cash, American Jewish World Service, but Empower also receives contributions from the Thai government as well as our own fundraising.

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

No nos dedicamos al trabajo sexual porque seamos pobres, lo hacemos para terminar con nuestra pobreza

Muchas mujeres tailandesas se convierten en trabajadoras sexuales no porque sean pobres, sino para escapar de la pobreza. Al hacerlo, se transforman en proveedoras y cabezas de familia, y merecen respeto por esos logros. English

When is sex work 'decent work'?

The world is aiming to have ‘decent work for all’ by 2030. What could that look like for one of the most stigmatised professions in the world?

We don’t do sex work because we are poor, we do sex work to end our poverty

Many Thai women become sex workers not because they are poor, but in order to escape poverty. In doing so they have become providers and heads of households, and they deserve respect for that accomplishment. Español

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