Regional updates: Global

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 14th issue of Research for Sex Work, ‘Sex Work is Work’

Research for Sex Work is a publication intended for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policymakers. It is published annually by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and is governed by an Editorial Board consisting of sex workers, staff of support organisations and researchers.

27th August 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) thanks Amnesty International for standing firm with sex workers and passing the resolution calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work.

Sex workers and sex worker rights activists across the world have been campaigning tirelessly these past few weeks to highlight the importance of a call for the full decriminalisation of sex work. Many sex worker groups and allies across the world wrote to Amnesty International’s Secretary General in support of the proposed policy on sex work. One such letter, from Empower Foundation in Thailand - which has been advocating for the rights of Thai sex workers for over 30 years - wrote:

“Criminalization has not led to increased human rights or reduced abuses; it has only led to more stigma and more real crimes.’

Amnesty International joins other major international agencies such as UNAIDS, WHO, Human Rights Watch, the Lancet, GAATW in the call for the full decriminalisation of sex work. Sex workers and our allies’ campaign for the full decriminalisation of sex work to: Promote safe working conditions and labour rights for sex workers; Increase access to health services and reduce sex workers’ risk of HIV and STIs; Increase sex workers’ access to justice; Reduce police abuse and violence; Help to tackle exploitation and coercion when it does occur.

NSWP membership comprises 237 sex worker-led organisations in 71 countries across the globe, including local organisations as well as national and regional networks. Our regional networks in the Global South and Global North represent many thousands of sex workers who actively oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work.

11th August 2015 by NSWP

En Coatzacoalcos Veracruz se violaron los derechos de un trabajador sexual, esta violación fue debido a por vivir con VIH se le despido de su  empleo que era un bar.

11th August 2015 by NSWP

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) has written a letter of support to Amnesty International. Amnesty is under intense pressure from anti-sex work campaigners for their proposals to support the call for the decriminalisation of sex work. APNSW is a sex worker-led regional network that promotes the health and human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers. APNSW represents 31 organizations in 23 countries.

10th August 2015 by NSWP

Rose Aliance, the Swedish sex worker organisation has written a letter of support to Amnesty International. Amnesty is under intense pressure from anti-sex work campaigners for their proposals to support the call for the decriminalisation of sex work. Rose Alliance is a young organisation founded in 2009. Historically, sex workers in Sweden have found it very difficult to organise for their rights. Sex workers tell of how challenging it is to speak out about their rights as sex workers in a country that only recognises the right not to sell sex. Since the beginning of Sweden's sex worker rights movement’s in the mid-70s, the narrative on sex work has gone from bad to worse. First sex workers were described as, 'social outcasts with a history of abuse, then emotionally damaged who were unfit to be parents, passive bystanders who had bad things happening to them.'

10th August 2015 by NSWP

Empower Foundation, the Thai sex worker organisation has written a letter of support to Amnesty International.

7th August 2015 by NSWP

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have written a letter of support to Amnesty International (AI). The letter commends Amnesty’s draft policy on the decriminalisation of sex work – described by UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, as a ‘critical rights issue’. Mr Sidibé writes:

6th August 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is launching ‘The Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to SWIT’.

In 2013, The WHO together with UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNDP the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and the World Bank published ‘ Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions' or the SWIT as the document has become known, The SWIT reaffirms that the health of sex workers doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and that countries should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work, and the empowerment and self-determination of sex working communities, as a fundamental part of the fight against HIV. The SWIT is available in French, Spanish, Russian and English at present. Links to the foreign language versions can be found here (scroll down to end of article for links).

31st July 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is launching ‘The Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to The Global Fund’ at the first Global Fund workshop taking place from the 1st to the 7th of August hosted in Nairobi, Kenya. This first regional workshop in a series of 5 aims to strengthen the capacity of female, male and transgender sex workers to engage meaningfully in Global Fund processes.

This guide is aimed at sex workers as a quick reference guide to help sex workers understand the Global Fund and its complex structures. The guide is helpful to sex worker organisations who are already receiving funding from the Global Fund as well as to those who hope to receive funding from the Fund in the future.

31st July 2015 by NSWP

NSWP has mobilised in support of Amnesty International following the recent backlash against Amnesty International’s Resolution and draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, which is tabled for adoption at their International Council Meeting, 6-11th August 2015.

The Amnesty International resolution ‘REQUESTS the International Board adopt a policy that seeks attainment of the highest possible protection of the human rights of sex workers, through measures that include the decriminalisation of sex work’.

29th July 2015 by NSWP