International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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17 Dec

This day was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Inaugurated by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, the first annual day was in 2003 and was held as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington. International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from cities around the world to come together and organise against discrimination and remember victims of violence.

Asia and the Pacific

Respect Inc are hosting sex worker-only events on 17th December in several locations in Queensland, which you can find on their website. They have also released a short video which you can view here

RhED will be holding an event on 17th December, 2-5pm at 10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3182. Food & light refreshments will be provided on the day. Please see their website for more details, or check their Facebook page.


Red Edition are hosting an event '“Migrant Sex Workers in Europe” in Vienna on 15th December, including a sex-worker produced documentary screening followed by a panel discussion with sex work activists from Spain, France, and Serbia. Details are on Facebook or on their website

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) is organising a vigil in Dublin on 17th December for sex workers, supporters and allies. 

STAR-STAR are organising a red umbrella march in Skopje on 17th December, details can be found here and on Facebook

North America and the Caribbean

COYOTE Rhode Island has compiled a list of events in the USA marking 17th December, which you can view on their website. They have also created a memorial list for sex workers killed during 2018. They are hosting a vigil on 17th December; you can find details on their website

Safe Harbour Outreach Project (S.H.O.P.) is hosting a December 17th event in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador in Canada. The free event will bring together sex workers and allies for an evening of storytelling to showcase responses and resilience to violence in the sex worker community. Details are available on Facebook

SWOP-USA is collating a list of events happening across the USA, which you can access here, or as a map here

Stella is hosting an open mic night event on 17th December in Montréal. Details are available on Facebook