- Activity fields
Red Umbrella Athens
Red Umbrella Athens (RUA) primarily offers a wide range of services to adult sex workers (cis and trans female and male) at the first Greek drop-in center, and secondary advocates for sex workers' rights at all levels.
RUA team started as both community and science based with the long-term goal to be led and facilitated solely by community representatives. RUA team has core members (cis and trans female and male) who work or have worked in different areas of sex industry as well as people living with HIV/HCV/HBV, and/or using or have used psychoactive substances.
Our organization works in the area of harm reduction, testing for HIV, HBV and HCV, advocacy for the rights of People Living with HIV, outreach interventions, peer to peer services involving people living with HIV, empowerment services for people living with HIV.
The Red Umbrella Athens and Positive Voice action team conducts outreach and prevention interventions by approaching sex workers on the street, in brothels / studios and elsewhere in various parts of Athens every Thursday from 20:00 to at 23:00.
Street work is one of the most important areas of our action, with the aim of reaching out to HIV-vulnerable social groups and informing and raising their awareness on issues related to prevention, regular screening, sexual health and harm reduction.
These targeted interventions are structured and implemented with the assumption that any initiative can be more effective when the organization approaches the target population in the area where it is concentrated and not vice versa when it waits or invites the beneficiary to visit its own site.
The working group on the road of "Positive Voice" consists of specially trained staff of the Association with many years of experience in the field and in approaching vulnerable or socially excluded populations, as well as volunteers who have attended seminars on the subject and have been evaluated.