violence

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, on her mission to India

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Année: 
2014

The present Report has been issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences as a result of her official visit to India from 22 April to 1 May 2013. Violence against women in India is systematic and occurs in the public and private spheres. It is underpinned by the persistence of patriarchal social norms and inter- and intragender hierarchies.

Jasmine and Dora 4-Ever Video launched on Eve of Vote by EU to Support Criminalisation of Clients.

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In 2012 during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, Carol Leigh from Bayswan met and interviewed Petite Jasmine with Pye Jakobbson from Rose Alliance of Sweden. Petite Jasmine was murdered one year later, a victim of the stigmatisation and legal discrimination that sex workers face.

Silence on Violence: Improving Safety of Women

Année: 
2012

Silence on Violence: Improving Safety of Women - the policing of off-street sex work and trafficking in London

This report was written in the run-up to the Olympic Games, held in London 2012 and it considers two overacrhing areas related to womens' safety within sex work: the policing of sex trafficking, and within that the policing for the Olymipics; and the general policing of sex workers. The report focusses on off-street sex work as the evidence shows that it very rarely, if at all, involves trafficked women.

Concern among sex workers mounts in Canada after the deaths of two sex working women

Sex workers and sex worker rights advocates are speaking out with mounting concern in British Columbia, Canada, after two indoor sex workers were found dead in the same apartment block, two weeks apart. The women were called Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors.

NSWP Statement in Response to the Murder of Dora

In Response to the Murder of Dora, NSWP Condemns the State Endorsed Denial of Human Rights of Sex Workers in Turkey

NSWP is saddened and angry at the news of the tragic death of Dora Özerin Turkey on the 9th of July. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

On Tuesday 9th July 2013, Dora, a transgender sex worker in Turkey was brutally murdered. Dora was stabbed by a person posing as a client in Kusadase, Aydin. This has left friends, activists and fellow workers saddened and angry. Dora’s death brings the number of reported murders of trans sex workers in Turkey in the last five years to 32. Levels of violence against sex workers is likely to be significantly under-reported due to the reluctance of sex workers to report violence in contexts where they are criminalised and face extreme stigma.

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NSWP Statement in Response to the Murder of Jasmine

NSWP is shocked and saddened at the news of the tragic death of Petite Jasmine, a friend, colleague and superb sex work activist who was brutally murdered on 11th July.  We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

NSWP condemns the ‘Swedish Model’ that claims to protect women involved in sex work by criminalising clients. This paternalistic approach fundamentally denies women’s agency and marks a state stamp of approval on the stigma attached to sex work, a stamp that cost Jasmine her life at the hands of her ex-partner. Jasmine was a Board member of the NSWP member group Rose Alliance and was said by colleagues to be a “fierce activist” and “a mother figure to younger sex workers who looked to her for support and guidance”. Several years ago Jasmine lost custody of her children after it was revealed to state services that she was a sex worker – a revelation that led to her being deemed as an unfit mother. Despite Jasmine’s warnings that her children’s father was abusive in the past, social services carried out an emergency evacuation procedure and removed Jasmine’s children from her home and placed them in the care of their father. Jasmine continued to fight for the right to see her children through four court cases. In each case Jasmine defended her livelihood as a sex worker against court arguments that she didn’t realise that what she was doing was a form of self-harm.

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Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee bulletin 23: 15 February 2013

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Année: 
2013

The bulletin of the DMSC, discussing common financial scams, police violence, and the work to tackle HIV, human rights violations by the police, and the stigma that prevents sex workers from accessing services.

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee bulletin: May 15th 2013

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2013

The bulletin of the DMSC, discussing common financial scams, police violence, and the work done to tackle HIV, human rights violations by the police, and the stigma that prevents sex workers from accessing services. It also discusses the success that self-regulating sex worker boards have had in tackling trafficking, in contrast to the more well-resourced non-sex worker-led programmes.

Criminalising Condoms: how policing practices put sex workers and HIV services at risk in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe.

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2012

'Criminalising Condoms' details the experiences of sex workers and outreach services across six countries (Kenya, Namibia, Russia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States). It finds that where any degree of criminalisation exists (whether of sex workers themselves, or of activities relating to sex work), condoms are used as evidence of sex work. This forces sex workers to choose between carrying safer sex supplies, thus attracting the deleterious attentions of the police, or working without condoms in the hope that the police will refrain from harassment - but also without the supplies that would protect them from HIV.

Sex Workers Project CEDAW shadow report 2007

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2007

Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center - Shadow CEDAW report submitted to the 39th Session of CEDAW in 2007.

You can download this 13 page PDF report above.

This resource is in English.