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maiz

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selforganistion of migrant women*

Location

City / Town: 
Linz
Country: 
Austria

Basic Information

Member type: 
Organisation
(ex)Sex Worker: 
No
About: 
maiz’s activities in the field of sex work are lead by the needs of sex workers and are intended to support the professionalization and self-empowerment of migrant women working in the sex industry. We develop our offerings, projects and events together with sex workers because we take their needs seriously.
Sex Worker Rights Connections: 
A central part of our work at maiz is to work together with migrant women who work in the sex industry. maiz acknowledges sex work as legitimate work and fights against the stigmatization, discrimination and criminalization of people who offer sexual services. Our objectives include eliminating the taboos surrounding sex work and securing (legal) improvements of the life and work situations of sex workers.

Organisation

About Your Organisation: 
For more than 20 years maiz has been active as a self-organisation by and for migrant women and it is based in Linz, Austria. This independent association has aimed to improve the living and working conditions of migrant women in Austria and to promote their political and cultural participation. Through antiracist, political and professional work in various fields maiz attempts to provide answers to the challenges surrounding the work migration of women. Migrant women who seek support from maiz work in the so-called continuum of "sex-aid-care work" as cleaning staff for personnel leasing firms, as labourers performing cleaning, caring and nursing jobs in private households, as well as nursing staff in the health sector and/or they are working in the sex industry. While their concrete situation is defined by legal regulations, political and economic factors are also decisive for their current living conditions.
Sex Worker-led Organisation?: 
No
Phone number: 
+43/732/77 60 70 12
Email address: 
sexwork [at] maiz [dot] at
Contact name: 
Melanie Hamen

Public Activism

Media contact: 
Yes
Sex Worker Rights Connections: 
A central part of our work at maiz is to work together with migrant women who work in the sex industry. maiz acknowledges sex work as legitimate work and fights against the stigmatization, discrimination and criminalization of people who offer sexual services. Our objectives include eliminating the taboos surrounding sex work and securing (legal) improvements of the life and work situations of sex workers.
Languages: 
English, German, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish, Portugues
Areas of Interest: 
Academic/Research
Law and Policy global
Migration
National situation
Outreach to sex workers
Sex Worker Activism
Sex Worker Self-Organising
Unionisation/Labour rights
Who can view your profile?: 
Anybody (public)

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