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UNDP launches e-discussion on "The Global Commission on HIV and the Law: Taking the Commission's Recommendations Forward

The UN Global Commission on HIV and the Law is encouraging people to participate in a public e-discussion entitled "Taking the Commission's Recommendations Forward," from June 27th until July 25th, which is being launched by the United Nations Development Programme: here.


Below is the initial launch message.

CEDAW shadow reports

In what is becoming an increasingly innovative mechanism for challenging country reports on the CEDAW treaty, two organisations have recently submitted CEDAW shadow reports. 

It is good to see increasing numbers of sex worker organisations using this strategy to challenge their countries implementation and interpretation of the CEDAW principles.

You can read the shadow reports from the Sex-Worker Forum of Vienna and SZEXE which appear on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) by clicking on their name in red.

Winning UN recognition of Sex Work as Work

This recent blog post on the 'A Kiss for Gabriela' website outlines some of the recent UN documents that recommend decriminalisation, or a move away from criminalisation of sex work. 

In the face of continuing and creeping criminalisation attempts in many territories, this provides a useful summary of some of the additional advocacy tools now available to support activism and campaigning for sex workers' rights, while emphasising the importance of not limiting discussions about sex worker rights solely to disease prevention.

You can read the full blog post here.

NSWP urges more work on establishing the real cost and benefits of sex worker led HIV prevention programmes

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While NSWP welcomes and supports the recommendations contained in the recent World Bank Report, we very much regret that as a member of the Technical Advisory Group we have not able to endorse this report as it stands. We continue to advocate that further work and analysis is required before the real cost benefits of sex worker-led programming are fully realised.

NSWP urges more work on establishing the real cost and benefits of sex worker led HIV prevention programmes

While NSWP welcomes and supports the recommendations contained in the recent World Bank Report, we very much regret that as a member of the Technical Advisory Group we have not able to endorse this report as it stands. We continue to advocate that further work and analysis is required before the real cost benefits of sex worker-led programming are fully realised.

UNAIDS Guidance Note on HIV and Sex Work and Annexes 2012

Year: 
2012

Note: This report has been updated, following agreement with UNAIDS in January 2012 to revisions in the document.  

This resource was officially launched in December 2011 as a separate report from the Advisory Group at the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva, during the 29th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board and has now been integrated into the UNAIDS Guidance Note on HIV and Sex Work as annexes and published by UNAIDS. 

Sex Work in Namibia - UNFPA rapid assessment

The reality sex workers face in Namibia was revealed in a UNFPA community assessment conducted in five towns in which more than 200 sex workers participated.

The Report of the UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work

This report has been withdrawn, following agreement with UNAIDS in February 2012 to revisions in the document. It will be made available again once the revisions have been done and the final document is uploaded onto the UNAIDS website.  

This resource was officially launched this week at the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva, during the 29th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. 

Intended to accompany the UNAIDS Guidance Note on HIV and Sex Work (2009) this important resource was developed by the UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work.  

Response to AG letter re Investment Framework - August 2011 - Spanish

Year: 
2011

This document is Bernhard Schwartländer's initial email response to the Advisory Group's concerns raised in their letter.  (See previous resource 'AG letter to Bernhard Schwartländer re Investment Framework').   

The Advisory Group had written to the authors of an article published in the Lancet (Volume 377, June 2011), entitled 'Towards an improved investment approach for an effective response to HIV/AIDS' to raise some concerns. 

You can download this 3 page pdf document above.  This resource is in

Response to AG letter re 'Investment Framework' - Aug 2011 - French

Year: 
2011

This document is Bernhard Schwartländer's initial email response to the Advisory Group's concerns raised in their letter.  (See previous resource 'AG letter to Bernhard Schwartländer re Investment Framework').   

The Advisory Group had written to the authors of an article published in the Lancet (Volume 377, June 2011), entitled 'Towards an improved investment approach for an effective response to HIV/AIDS' to raise some concerns. 

You can download this 3 page pdf document above.  This resource is in