HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre (HARC)
This self-led group of women sex workers in Dhaka takes a feminist, ‘nothing for us, without us’ approach to its advocacy. The group’s mission is to identify and challenge the underlying socio-structural factors that perpetuate stigmatisation, material deprivation and social exclusion of sex workers in Bangladesh. HARC advocates the decriminalisation of sex work, works to sensitise the police about sex workers’ human rights and builds leadership and community among sex workers. The group’s membership has more than tripled to over 1,300 since 2015.