Meet The Team
Vanessa has been full-time with Project X since 2011, and as a result, has had many opportunities to meet and connect with sex workers in Singapore and around the world. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from a small group of volunteers to one where there are three paid staff and a team of over 60 volunteers. Correspondingly, she has increased the annual operating budget of the organization five times, and is now recognized as the leading organization that empowers and assists women in the sex industry.
Vanessa has written and spoken extensively about sex work, human trafficking, rape culture, and LGBTQ rights in Singapore. She believes that if people can speak about sex, gender and sexuality in open and in non-judgmental ways, society will become a safer place for everyone.
Vanessa holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, and a Masters Degree in Gender, Society and Representation from University College London.
Human Rights Defender
Sherry is a Singaporean transgender woman and our staff since September 2014. She’s in charge of organizing community events, documenting human rights issues, attending regional conferences, as well as community outreach to sex workers.
Sherry feels that it is important to do advocacy work because when she first started doing sex work, she had zero knowledge of her rights as a sex worker and a transgender woman. Upon discovering Project X, it has made a big difference in her life as knowing her rights means knowing what to do when something unexpected happens such as violence from her clients. After witnessing the positive changes educating sex workers of their rights, and advocating for their equal treatment, it drives her further to explore all possibilities to address their concern as she doesn’t see who else will be doing it if not herself.
Wany is a Singaporean Transgender who has been with Project X since 2014. She currently helps to run a peer-run sexual health clinic in town, as well as does outreach at various locations. Her job requires her to interact and socialise a lot and thus, she has made plenty of acquaintances and friends within the sex industry and the like. As she has vast experience in the industry, she is able to dispense good and useful advice to the working girls.
She for one, consistently reminds the ladies and guys to practice safer sex at all times, emphasising on the importance of going for regular check-ups. She believes sex work is work and that no one should be coerced, marginalised and penalised. She also strongly believes in human rights and relentlessly advocates it.