IMPROVING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION OF YOUNG FEMALE SEX WORKERS AND GIRLS FROM VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN KHARKIV AND KYIV
Country:Ukraine||Duration: July 2012 – July 2013 ||Donor: Eureco Achmea ||Budget: €100,000
Establish youth-friendly services in the Drop-In Centre for sex workers managed by Kharkiv NGO “Blago”;
Develop capacity of staff in the Kyiv Drop-In Centre for street children in working with vulnerable families;
Train law enforcement officers from the project sites on the specifics of working with youth at risk;
Provide capacity building training to develop a network of governmental service providers that can provide non-judgmental, effective health care services to underage female sex workers;
Provide training for government officials to improve attitudes towards underage sex workers and promote governmental support for health and social programmes for this group.
Gender and age specific aspects are included in the work of the service providers in Kyiv and Kharkiv;
3695 vulnerable girls and young sex workers in two cities received at least one service, and 126 girls and their families received long-term social support for the period of 3-6 month, which helped to improve the quality of their lives;
The model of care and support for underage sex workers with the component of case management was developed, piloted and is available for replication;
Special training module titled “Toward Yourself” was developed for young girls aged 14-25, and introduced in the curriculum of vocational schools in the city of Kharkiv.