Empower Foundation

Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand

​Founded by a group of past sex workers and activists in Patpong, Bangkok, the Empower Foundation provides a community where those working in the prostitution industry can relate their experiences and navigate the difficult realms of education, health, and policy, to better their conditions. They have a network of advisors in over 11 provinces, and a membership base of over 50,000 people.

Seeing the plight of the Karen women with prostitution especially, we at Norwa fully support the Empower Foundation and believe our jewelry-training classes, which help provide an alternative income, complement the work they’re doing. The activities also provide the sense of community for the women to come and share their own life experiences and seek solutions to their problems.

Empower also partners with various organizations worldwide, including

  • Stella, Montreal, Canada

  • Maggies, Toronto

  • Sex Professionals of Canada


  • Desiree Alliance USA

  • Sex Workers Project New York, USA

  • RedTrasex, Argentina

  • Salli, Finland

  • Network of sex workers Projects, Scotland, UK

  • International Union of Sex Workers, London, UK

  • The Xtalk Project, London, UK

  • International Committee for  the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), the Netherlands

  • SWAN Network, Budapest, Hungary

  • Danaya So, Mali, Africa

  • SWEAT – Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce, South Africa

  • Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Kolkata, India

  • Collective  of Sex Workers and Supporters, Taiwan

  • ZITENG, Hong Kong

  • SWING – Service Workers in Group, Bangkok & Pattaya, Thailand

  • M Plus+, Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Scarlet  Alliance, Australia

  • New Zealand Prostitute Collective, New Zealand

​For more information about Empower Foundation, please visit