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NSWP is a network of 237 organisations and groups from over 71 countries around the globe that must endorse the aims of NSWP and confirm their commitment to NSWP core values: acceptance of sex work as work; opposition to all forms of criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work (including sex workers, clients, third parties, families, partners and friends); supporting self-organisation and self-determination of sex workers.  NSWP is organised across five regions, each of which has two representatives on the Board of Directors.

Click on the names of the regions to learn more about the member organisations and groups that have chosen to make their information public, or click on the red umbrellas on the map to learn about specific member organisations or groups.

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Regional updates

26th May 2016 by NSWP | Region: Global

“If access to health care is considered a human right, who is considered human enough to have that right?” – Dr. Paul Farmer

We often say that words hold power, and as such they have to be carefully considered. On some occasions, this is truer than on others, and this is one of those occasions. World leaders, government representatives, HIV programme implementers and civil society organizations are currently preparing for the 2016 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. They should be focusing on the future of the AIDS response. Instead, there have been intense negotiations on which words should be used to describe the global agenda during the next 5-year period.

26th May 2016 by NSWP | Region: Global

NSWP welcomes Amnesty International’s Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Amnesty International calls for the decriminalisation of all aspects of adult consensual sex work including all laws which criminalise sex workers, clients, and third parties. Amnesty International also calls for the end of the discriminatory enforcement of other laws against sex workers, such as vagrancy, loitering, and immigration requirements.

23rd May 2016 by NSWP | Region: Global

NSWP wishes to clarify a number of issues in the light of some recent media coverage on the subject of the decriminalisation of sex work. Several articles have appeared recently that have made some alarmist and extremely misleading statements in response to an original article in the New York Times Magazine (published 5th May 2016).

As a sex worker-led global network with 262 member organisations across 77 countries from Africa, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America, representing tens of thousands of sex workers from diverse cultures and experiences, NSWP has a fundamental right to be involved in consultations around international and national policies that impact on sex workers’ lives and work. Attempting to silence sex workers by denying our agency and calling us pimps, traffickers and industry lobbyists is unacceptable.

The sex workers’ rights movement is committed to the full decriminalisation of sex work in the belief that it will help sex workers organise to eliminate exploitation, oppression and violence and address unfair and abusive working conditions instituted by state and non-state actors. Branding the decriminalisation of third parties as an attempt to ‘legalise pimps and brothel keeping’ undermines sex workers in their struggle for labour rights and justice.

18th May 2016 by NSWP | Region: Africa

This policy brief on the Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Kenya was written in collaborartion with the University of Amsterdam and NSWP member HOYMAS and KESWA. This policy brief argues that sex workers have the same rights as other citizens in Kenya as outlined in the Kenyan Constitution.

2nd May 2016 by NSWP | Region: Asia and the Pacific

The EMPOWER Foundation Thailand report Moving Toward Decent Sex Work and its summary explores the protections offered to Thai sex workers under civil law and the application of other labour mechanisms to sex work. It provides an overview of the Thai sex industry and argues that to develop a reform process, people must hear how exploitation is defined and experienced by Thai sex workers. Decent Sex Work provides recommendations which are appropriate to prevent and address exploitation in sex work.

2nd May 2016 by NSWP | Region: Europe

The ICRSE Community Report Exploitation: Unfair Labour Arrangements and Precarious Working Conditions in the Sex Industry discusses exploitation in the sex industry, while simultaneously challenging anti-sex work advocates' understanding of sex work as 'sexual exploitation'.

15th April 2016 by NSWP | Region: Global
Ce document d'information conjointe NSWP et INPUD met en évidence les besoins et les droits des travailleurs du sexe spécifiques qui utilisent des drogues, comme une communauté qui couvre deux populations clés. Ce document donne un aperçu de quelques-uns des moyens les plus endémiques et de fond dans laquelle les travailleurs du sexe qui utilisent des drogues heurtent à une double incrimination et le harcèlement de la police associée, la stigmatisation intersectionnelle, la marginalisation aggravée et l'exclusion sociale, l'ingérence accrue et le harcèlement des soins de santé et d'autres fournisseurs de services, infantilisation , pathologisation, et un affaiblissement associé de l'agence, le choix et l'autodétermination. Guide communautaire est également disponible.
15th April 2016 by NSWP | Region: Global
15th April 2016 by NSWP | Region: Global

Этот совместный информационный документ по NSWP и INPUD выдвигает на первый план конкретных потребностей и прав секс-работников, употребляющих наркотики, как сообщество, которое охватывает две основные группы населения. В этом документе содержится обзор некоторых из наиболее эндемичных и основных способов, в которых секс-работники, употребляющие наркотики, сталкиваются с двойной криминализации и связанного с ним полицейского преследования, межсекторного стигмы, усугубляются маргинализации и социальной изоляции, повышенного вмешательства и преследованием со стороны здравоохранения и других поставщиков услуг, инфантилизации , pathologisation, и связанный с подрывом агентства, выбора и самоопределения. Руководство сообщества также доступна.

15th April 2016 by NSWP | Region: Global
Este informe conjunto de la NSWP y INPUD pone de relieve las necesidades y los derechos de los trabajadores sexuales específicos que usan drogas, como una comunidad que abarca dos poblaciones clave. Este documento proporciona una visión general de algunas de las formas más endémicas y de fondo en el que los profesionales del sexo que usan drogas se enfrentan a una doble penalización y el acoso policial asociado, el estigma interseccional, marginación agravado y la exclusión social, la interferencia aumentada y el acoso de la salud y otros proveedores de servicios, infantilización , patologización, y un debilitamiento asociado de la agencia, la elección y la libre determinación. Una guía para la comunidad también está disponible.