Asia and the Pacific

Pre-IAC Sex Worker Meeting Releases Consensus Statement, whilst Sex Workers vent their Frustrations at IAC’s Lack of Commitment in ensuring Meaningful Community Participation

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In the lead up to the official opening of the 20th International AIDS Conference, currently being held in Melbourne, Australia, sex workers from 30 countries met on the 18th and 19th of July, 2014, to discuss issues of significance affecting our communities and to strategise the promotion and advocacy of these issues within various conference forums.

KNOW IT: THE RIGHTS FRAMEWORK

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This resource is a part of the Know it, Prove it, Change it: a Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groups series created specifically to help grassroots organisations in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their basic rights, document rights abuses, and design and implement advocacy campaigns. The series has three parts:

Leader of the Russian Sex workers' Movement "Silver Rose" elected as Chair of HIV/AIDS Coordinating Committee in Russia

Leader of the Russian Sex workers' Movement "Silver Rose" has been elected the Chair of the Coordinating Committee on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Russian Federation

Religious Fundamentalist Militants Storm Baghdad Brothel Killing 29 Sex Workers

NSWP stands in solidarity with sex workers the world over and mourn the deaths of 31 people in Baghdad, Iraq on 12 July 2014. Religious militia are suspected to behind the massacre in a brothel in the suburb of Zayouna which is known to be a red-light district in the capital city of Iraq. Among the dead, were 29 women and two men who were shot at close range in what can only be described as an execution of all those present in the brothel. The gunmen left a message on the front door warning people that ‘This is the fate of any prostitution’.

Over 1000 Bangladeshi sex workers evicted from their homes and workspaces with 24 hours notice

By Monday 14 July,2014, almost 1000 Bangladeshi sex workers from the Tangail Kandapara brothel district were evicted from their homes and work spaces as the demolition of the brothel complex, which spanned over 3 acres of land, was undertaken at the behest of an “anti-social activities committee” who threatened to set the complex on fire.

Robert Carr Research Award Goes to Project to Improve Sex Worker Safety

The inaugural RobertCarr Research Award has been given to a four-country research project that aims to increase security and safety for sex workers.

South Korean Sex Workers Vow to “Take Every Measure” to Challenge New Organised Crime Policies Which Further Criminalise and Disempower Sex Workers - Part 2

Part Two: “Professional Whistle-Blowers and Bounty Hunters” are encouraged to Target Sex Workers as Part of a National Campaignto “Crack down on Organised Crime”

NSWP Publishes Asia Pacific Regional Report & Briefing Paper: Sex Workers Demonstrate Economic and Social Empowerment

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) received funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the development of advocacy tools around rights-based economic empowerment for sex workers. The first year of this three-year project was coordinated by the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), whose office is in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sex Workers Demonstrate Economic and Social Empowerment – Regional Report: Asia and the Pacific

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The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) received funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the development of advocacy tools around rights-based economic empowerment for sex workers. The first year of this three-year project was coordinated by the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), whose office is in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the last 20 years, with the catalyst of HIV decimating our ranks, India and Southeast Asia have been home to some of the most progressive sex worker-led networks in the world.