Sex Work and HIV/AIDS-related Stigma in Bangladesh

Sex Work and HIV/AIDS-related Stigma in Bangladesh

Sex Work and HIV/AIDS-related Stigma in Bangladesh

Sex Work and HIV/AIDS-related Stigma in Bangladeshs

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Référence bibliographique [392]

Akhter, Rehana. 2011. «Sex Work and HIV/AIDS-related Stigma in Bangladesh». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université Concordia, Programme individualisé spécial.

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1. Objectifs

Intentions :
«The specific purposes of my research are as follows: [1] To increase knowledge of stigma related to sex work and HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh; [2] To determine the current effective working strategies of Nari Mukti and Durjoy in fighting stigma surrounding their members; [3] To recommend strategies that the SWOs [Sex Workers’ Organizations] can use in helping them better address stigmatization and the rights of their members.» (p. 6)

Questions/Hypothèses :
The author has three research questions: «1. What kind of stigmatization related to HIV/AIDS and sex work is faced by the brothel- and street-based sex workers in Bangladesh? 2. In response to this stigmatization, what are their organizations doing? 3. What would be the best strategies to ensure that sex workers’ human rights are recognised and protected?» (p. 6)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
«[…] I interviewed eight individual sex workers and conducted six focus group discussions; in total there were 39 participants. I also conducted ethnographic field observations in a brothel and four drop-in-centres (DiC) for sex workers.» (p. iii)

Instruments :
- Grille d’entretien semi-directif
- Grille de groupe de discussion
- Grille d’observation ethnographique

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé

«This paper explores the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and sex work and its effect on female sex workers in Bangladesh. In order to identify the roles of two sex worker organizations (Durjoy and Nari Mukti) and to develop the recommendations for them, I conducted my MA thesis in Bangladesh in 2009. […] I concluded that sex work and HIV/AIDS issues are highly stigmatized in Bangladesh and offered the participants’ recommendations and my own for enhancing the organizational capacity of Durjoy and Nari Mukti to fight stigma and promote human rights for sex workers. I presented possible implementation strategies for these recommendations for the organizations as well as their partner NGOs and the government of Bangladesh. The findings might be helpful for the sex worker organizations in order to ensure social justice for their members.» (p. iii) The author notes the consequences of stigma on the family’s structure and on family planning. The prostitutes’ family structure is also studied.