Community Empowerment & Transformative Learning among Sex Workers

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dc.contributor.author Benoit, Cecilia
dc.contributor.author Belle-Isle, Lynne
dc.contributor.author Michaela, Smith
dc.contributor.author Phillips, Rachel
dc.contributor.author Shumka, Leah
dc.contributor.author Atchison, Chris
dc.contributor.author Jansson, Mikael
dc.contributor.author Loppie, Charlotte
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-28T21:36:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-28T21:36:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-11
dc.identifier.citation Benoit, C., Belle-Isle, L., Smith, M., Phillips, R., Shumka, L., Atchison, C., Jansson, M., & Loppie, C. (2017). Community Empowerment and Transformative Learning among Sex Workers: From health educators to health advocates. CISUR Bulletin #17, Victoria, BC: University of Victoria. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/9103
dc.description.abstract This bulletin offers findings from a pilot Peer Health Advocates training program, designed with and for sex workers. It aimed to enhance community empowerment to enable sex workers to shape their practices around health promotion and prevention strategies, and to contribute to improving access to health and social services within their communities. Participants enhanced self-esteem and reduced internalized stigma, increased their critical consciousness, acquired new knowledge from participation and control over the training program, strengthened solidarity with other sex workers, and contributed to increased resource mobilisation in the community. This pilot study, the first of its kind in Canada, was a successful proof of concept and built the foundation for a long-term initiative. Other jurisdictions in Canada could adapt similar programs in their area. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS CBR Program - General Stream. We would like to thank our community partners for their contribution to the study design and curriculum, and especially to the local sex worker agency for hosting the program and providing personnel and other resources. Above all, we wish to thank the sex workers who participated in the training and personal interviews. Without their stories, this work would not have been possible. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 17 en_US
dc.subject sex work, community-based research, en_US
dc.title Community Empowerment & Transformative Learning among Sex Workers en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en_US

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