The Moroccan Patent Office (Office of Industrial and Commercial Property - OMPIC) recently formalised an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) for validating European patents in Morocco starting on the 1st of March 2015. This mean that patent applications and patents granted in Europe will have the legal effects of Moroccan patent applications and will be subject to Moroccan law. A world premiere, Morocco becomes the first country outside of the European Patent Organisation to validate European patents in its territory.
In Scotland, there are calls for nationally recognised increased restrictions to be imposed upon strip clubs.
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects has published a response to the release of a Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the Post-2015 Agenda, titled ‘
Many of the images circulating last week from the December 17th rallies commemorating the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers included photos of mask-wearing Chinese sex workers in Paris’ Belleville district.
Earlier this month, NSWP member group Women with a Vision celebrated a quarter century of movement-building in Louisiana. The group’s 25th anniversary was commemorated with a fundraising party, with live musical guests, in New Orleans.
Earlier this month, Hull City Council won a landmark ruling to create Britain's first "prostitution-free zone." The new orders mean that any sex workers or kerb crawlers caught around the Hessle Road area can be arrested and forced to appear in court.
Sex workers are responding with outrage about a new reality show named "8 Minutes" set to air on the A&E channel. The show follows vice cop-turned-minister, Kevin Brown as he arranges to meet sex workers in hotel rooms and, within eight minutes, tries to “rescue” them from the sex trades.
This year, we anticipate December 17 events will take place numerous cities around the world.
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The Communities Living with HIV, Tuberculosis and affected by Malaria Delegation (Community Delegation) of the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have published a global report detailing results from a study conducted in 11 countries. The Communities Delegation is a group of forty individuals living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria from every region in the world. They work closely on policy and advocacy at Committee and Board levels and the delegation is committed to being accountable to the constituencies that it represents.
Today, 17th of December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.
Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Every year sex workers groups all over the world organises different activities to memorise the victimised sex workers, and to increase the public concern over sex workers.
Sex workers around the world will today mark the 12th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year we mark this day with a great sense of weariness as countries around the world are moving to adopt the so-called Swedish Model or Nordic Model. This move toward imposing ever more oppressive laws governing sex work is made under the guise of sex workers not being criminalised for selling sex.
David Kato Kisule (1964 – 2011) was a Ugandan teacher and LGBTI rights activist. He is considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights activism, a country with a deep conservative society where homosexuality is currently considered a crime. On August 2014 the Anti-Homosexuality Act has been struck down by the constitutional court, but the conservative reaction lives on to implement a new anti-gay bill.
In May 2013 Monica Jones, a student, trans- and sex-worker-activist and member of SWOP Phoenix, was arrested by Phoenix police on charges of “manifesting prostitution” as part of a programme called Project ROSE. Jones had spoken out against Project ROSE just days before her arrest.
NSWP has published its 2013 Annual Report. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is a membership organisation committed to amplifying the voices of sex workers from both the Global North and South. Our organisational culture and rules ensure that we are led by sex workers and that sex workers are meaningfully involved at all levels within NSWP. NSWP members are regional sex workers’ networks and organisations from across the world.
On Wednesday NSWP was invited by the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) to take part in their monthly ICW Members Advocacy Working Group. Anastacia, NSWP Policy Officer and Daisy Nakato, WONETHA Director, were invited to lead the discussion on sex workers’ rights in the context of HIV.
La Asociación de Mujeres Trabajadoras del sexo “Colectivo Flor de Azalea” demandamos a la contraloría del Estado. La FALTA DE CUMPLIMIENTO DE LA GUIA NACIONAL DE NORMAS Y PROCEDIMIENTOS DE ATENCIÓN INTEGRAL A TRABAADORAS DEL SEXO.
Somaly Mam, former executive director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), who was forced to resign from her position within the organisation in May 2014, due to allegations that she had deliberately fabricated key aspects of both her personal history, and those of the children being cared for by her organisation for explicit financial gain; has been officially banned by the Khmer Government from running another anti-trafficking NGO.
Launched in September 2013, New York’s Human Trafficking Courts (HTICs) are the first statewide human trafficking intervention within a justice system in the United States. The courts function as a “diversion” programme by connecting those arrested for prostitution to mandated social services rather than incarceration. Defendants who complete a mandated programme can have their case dismissed and sealed, provided that they are not rearrested within six months.
Recently, VICE News posted a short documentary called “Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens.” The film introduces viewers to the lives of LGBT youth who, having been forced from their homes or rejected by their families, live in an underground Kingston Town storm shelter, known locally as a “gully.”
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’.
We are still seeking a regional correspondent to research and write up the history of NSWP and the sex worker rights movement in LATIN AMERICA.
REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT – History of NSWP and sex worker rights movement (consultant)
NSWP is seeking to recruit a regional correspondent to research and write up the history of the sex worker rights movement and the development of the NSWP regional and sub-regional networks in Latin America.
NSWP are still seeking a number of Peer Reviewers and urge you get in touch with us on the email address below for more information on how to apply! The closing date is on Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 23:59 GMT
NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The Andrey Rylkov Foundation released the following press release: