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Colectiva Venus

Sex workers rights organisation
International Women's Day - Front Line Defenders Campaign

25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action flagged 12 areas of critical concern, WHRDs are fighting to advance our human rights and to ensure these rights are protected.

Colectiva Venus represents, in Front Line Defenders's campaign, the grassroots struggles for "Women and the economy", on their fight for equal rights for sex work in El Salvador. Sex worker rights are human rights!

A new emerging movement that fights to achieve empowerment of sex workers in El Salvador

Colectiva Venus is a network of sex worker rights defenders and community members working in two regions of El Salvador: Aguilares, San Salvador department, and Chalchuapa, Santa Ana department, both of which are removed from major cities and severely lack basic health and legal resources for sex workers. Colectiva Venus provides trainings and workshops for sex workers both in support groups and at their places of employment, covering topics including sexual health, human rights, access to justice, navigating the judicial system, and violence prevention.

El Salvador

The human rights defender community in El Salvador is regularly subjected to campaigns of defamation - they are labeled as 'traitors of the nation', 'terrorists' and 'subversive'. This tactic employed by the authorities is designed to discredit and undermine the work of human rights defenders by isolating and marginalising them, making them a vulnerable target for abuse. Community leaders and environmental activists who are opposed to large-scale mining projects face death threats and violence.

Abortion is criminalised in El Salvador and, unlike in many other countries where this is the case, the law is enforced. HRDs campaigning for the release of women imprisoned on suspicion of abortion have been subjected to threats and intimidation.


Colectiva Venus - La voz de Las mujeres en la pandemia covid19 (In Spanish)