Female sex workers in Pakistan learn to negotiate
"It feels like I have got a second life and I don’t want to lose it, not at any cost."
Shameem* was one woman that Rahnuma-FPAP staff members reached while working in the area. Shameem relies on her income from sex work to support her family. In the past, she felt that she did not have the right to negotiate condom use with clients and neither did she feel confident enough to do so.
Shameem attended workshops aimed at empowering women. Gradually, she started to feel confident enough to negotiate safer sex with her clients, and to stand up to those threatening to cheat her of her income. “I haven’t done it even once without a condom for more than six months now. Some customers left me for this reason. I don’t care – I am happy as I feel safer.” “It feels like I have got a second life and I don’t want to lose it, not at any cost.
*Not her real name.