Sex Worker Open University

Location

London
United Kingdom
Contact email: 
contact@swou.org
Who do you work with?: 
We work with female, male and transgender sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex Workers are leading the organisation and involved at all levels.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Sex workers in the UK are still criminalised in many parts of the sex industry, in particular migrant sex worlers who are subject to anti-trafficking policies. Violence and stigmatisation are also two important challenges.
Describe other areas of your work: 
The Sex Worker Open University's main aim is to organise social events including skills sharing, workshops, debates and allow sex workers to empower themselves through contact with other sex workers. SWOU also takes part in activist actions for sex workers rights and decriminalisation.