AWID Restates Support for Sex Worker Rights Groups After Criticism from Swedish Anti-Sex Work Campaigners

In response to the open letter to AWID published by the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters, the Swedish Association of Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Empowerment Canters and the Swedish Women’s Lobby, AWID restates their support for sex worker rights organisations and their allies in calling for the diverse experiences and voices of sex workers to be central to any changes in policy and law and demands the full and equitable rights of all sex workers, including to health and safety.

In a statement on their website, AWID said: “In different contexts sex worker rights advocates have different demands. AWID believes that it should be sex workers who decide and we support policy and practice that puts sex workers at the centre of decision making around their own safety.”

AWID further said: “As a movement-building organization, AWID seeks to convene diverse expressions of women’s rights organising and promote dialogue and build bridges within and across diversities of generations, issues, regions and sectors, including on historically divisive issues such as sex work. Our role in sourcing and sharing information from a wide range of women’s rights organisations is an important part of this work and aims to increase the visibility of diverse forms of women’s rights organising, including sex workers and their allies.”