(c) Hege Grostad
A global flash mob to draw attention to sex worker rights on 8 March 2014, International Women’s Day is being organised by sex worker rights activists based in Norway. Activists will open red umbrellas in city centres across the world, posting pictures on social media. Sydney, Oslo, London, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Porto Lima in Peru, Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Shen Zhen City in China, Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, Krakow, Moscow and St. Petersburg will all be hosting global flash mobs for sex workers rights.
The global flash mob coincides with a protest against Amnesty International (AI) which will be held at their HQ in London on the same day. AI is currently conducting a member’s consultation on a policy stance that proposes the decriminalisation of sex work. The protest is being organised by anti-sex work campaigners who accuse Amnesty International for siding with ‘pimps and johns’. Anti-sex work campaigners have rejected Amnesty International’s policy proposals in their entirety including measures that would ensure state authorities would not have the power to abuse sex workers through gross violations of their human rights.
For more information on how and where you can join the global flash mob for sex workers’ rights, please visit the events’ Facebook page here.