Out of 43 submissions, the jury eventually selected three finalist teams to present their projects in Geneva on 15 September 2014.
More information about the contest can be found here:
Female sex workers (FSWs) in Bogotá, Colombia experience stigmatization due to their work, which results in a violation of basic human rights.
The article describes the social challenges and violations faced by this group due to different types of stigma present in Colombian society and discusses current political debates around the legality of sex work.
Her friend Mike Singer found an ideal sex-partner in sales clerk Libby Biyalick, but prefers to keep the affair discrete as she wouldn't do as life-partner; Carrie realizes and resents being Big's, till she confronts him.
Miranda meets 32-year old sports doctor Ted Baker by punching him in gym class, they become fine sex partners, but when he learns she found in his flat his secret passion, spanking videos, which the other girls regard quite differently, he walks out for good.
The 2014 topic was ‘women empowerment and development’.
Students were challenged to rigorously analyze an issue related to social, economic and/or political exclusion and to link it to a concrete, practical proposal to support women empowerment.
This article approaches sex work through a participatory action research (PAR) framework through which a collectivist, community-based perspective seeks to empower female sex workers (FSWs).
It proposes that through empowering these women using a participatory approach and giving them access to technology such as photography and video, empathy can be mobilized and can reduce the barriers that FSWs and their children are facing.
By raising awareness of the problem of stigmatization, it becomes possible to effect change on a political level through critical social inclusion praxis.
In this section we will introduce the problem of stigma in the Colombian context and how it affects women’s empowerment, especially that of sex workers in Bogotá. These authors defined sex work as one or several services in which sex is exchanged for money or goods.
Specifically, sex work comprises, but is not limited to, street work, ship work, parlour work, escort work, working independently, ‘mistressing’, peep-show work, stripping, telephone work, and topless dancing.