Living in Community St. John's is a community-based initiative that uses dialogue to facilitate conversations about sex work and safety in our community. In 2019 Living in Community hosted a series of community dialogues to explore understandings and perspectives on sex work and safety and included participation from service providers, the public sector, law enforcement, and individuals with lived experience. The report generated from the community dialogues work identified addressing stigma as key to promoting the safety of sex workers and would build understanding with those who interact with them (https://happycity.ca/2021/01/04/living-in-community-st-johns-releases-new-report/).
This project seeks to deliver Anti-Stigma Workshops and create a measurable research tool that can assess the efficacy of the workshops, collect and analyze baseline data, and uncover shared needs and issues. Our goal is to work with researchers in Gender Studies and Living in Community to develop tools to assess how anti-stigma training goals are being reached. This work will answer; does the training develop stigma awareness in service provision, behaviour, and speech, and can participants connect these lessons in an anti-stigma approach going forward? What does it miss? How can we improve it with future sessions and dialogue groups?