AFRO Annual Report (2018.07-2019.06)
Executive Committee Report
With the vision of "dignity and basic human rights should be protected and promoted", AFRO has been dedicated to providing support for sex workers in the past 26 years. Last year, AFRO received funding from various governmental and charitable funds and successfully implemented a number of programmes, which was indeed an affirmation of AFRO’s work. The funding allows AFRO to provide diversified services for female sex workers, including but not limited to outreach, testing, hotline, case work, centre activities and public education. These services not only improved the physical and mental health of sex workers, but also increased the awareness of their rights, as well as promoted the understanding and acceptance of sex workers by the general public.
Although we faced many challenges last year, one of which was the shortage of manpower, the AFRO team demonstrated their professionalism to ensure smooth running of the centre. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all colleagues and volunteers, including Ms. Sylvan Pang, who has worked with us for more than 10 years before she left AFRO in mid-2019. The dedication and efforts of the team have contributed significantly to the sustainable development of AFRO.
While the society has gained more understanding of sex work, the stigma attached to sex workers has yet diminished. Such a social atmosphere has prevented sex workers from seeking services they needed or speaking out for their rights. Moreover, it is observed that the sex work industry has changed over the past few years. Sex work industry is highly mobile and vulnerable to social factors. Therefore, in additional to promoting sexual health screening, education, legal and rights advocacy, AFRO will also communicate with all sectors of the community, aiming to create a fair environment and develop appropriate services in respond to the needs of our service users.
Our resolution will not change despite the changing times. In the coming year, AFRO will continue to walk with sex workers with our vision and mission.