El Conicet and Ammar presented a study diagnosis on access to housing and institutional violence towards people who perform sex work in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Constitución during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report entitled “Diagnostic study on the housing situation of sex workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: access to housing and institutional violence in the Barrio de Constitución” is available for free download in the CONICET digital repository.
The work is the result of a demand from AMMAR to the research team of the Institute of Anthropological Sciences ICA – UBA, coordinated by the anthropologist Cecilia Varela, as a result of the worsening of the housing situation of sex workers in the context of Preventive Social Isolation and Mandatory (ASPO) and was carried out within the framework of an agreement signed between the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and the Association of Meretrices Women of Argentina (AMMAR CTA).
In the framework of the presentation of the data, Minister Daniel Filmus He congratulated the researchers and Ammar for having made the decision to “fight also with the instruments provided by the social sciences to fight for such a just cause.”
For its part, Georgina orellano He added that “there is much evidence for the State to intervene in the most effective way, that is, by speaking with political subjects. This is what the academy did, come to the Red House and sit down and that we can also define the recommendations is necessary ”.
The research is framed in the line of collaborative anthropology and was carried out between February and September 2021, a period in which 99 sex workers surveyed and trusted group conducted at Red House, Ammar headquarters in Constitución.
The results present a statistical and qualitative analysis that accounts for the sociodemographic characteristics of the population of sex workers in the neighborhood, access to housing, access to social programs, social conflict and the relationship with the security forces in the context of the pandemic.
The study includes a series of recommendations for the design of public policies aimed at guaranteeing the human rights of people who perform sex work.
The presentation was held at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia C3 and had the participation of Daniel Filmus, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation; Ana María Franchi, President of CONICET; Mario Pecheny, Vice President of Scientific Affairs of CONICET, Georgina Orellano, Secretary General of AMMAR at the national level, Cecilia Varela, Coordinator of the study and Estefanía Martynowskyk, Member of the research team.
Also present at the event were Victoria Montenegro, Maru Bielli, Lucía Cámpora, and Berenice Iañez, legislators from the City of Buenos Aires; Mara Brawer, national deputy; Ornella Infante, National Director of Policies and Practices against Discrimination INADI and various human rights organizations.