Membership and governance
The NSWP is a membership organisation and is committed to facilitating the voices of sex workers from both the Global North and South. Our organisational culture and rules ensure that we are led by sex workers and that sex workers are meaningfully involved at all levels within the NSWP. The requirement that NSWP members support ‘sex worker self determination’ is interpreted as placing an obligation on members and the NSWP itself to take all practical steps to ensure that sex workers are meaningfully involved within member organisations and NSWP activities.
NSWP members are regional sex work networks and organisations from all global regions.
To become a member of the NSWP an organisation agrees to recognise sex work as work, oppose the criminalisation of sex work and support the self-organising and self-determination of sex workers. Member organisations are from diverse cultures and they have different backgrounds and organisational histories. Some are sex workers groups, some are small NGOs, some are projects within government organisations or international NGOs. Almost all work on health issues. Some provide services, some focus on advocacy, some on mobilising to reduce vulnerability and address the human rights issues that affect sex workers health and well-being. Some member organisations work with all genders and some with only men, women, or transgender men or women. A number of member organisations work with the children of sex workers.
Organisations wishing to apply for membership of the NSWP must complete a membership application and consent form, and send it to email@example.com. Organisations are asked to indicate on their application form which of the five geographic regions they wish to join.
When a membership application is received, it is forwarded to the appropriate regional representatives for approval. If the organisation is known within the regional NSWP members then membership is approved immediately, however, if the organisation is not known then the membership secretary may ask for more information about its work and the meaningful participation of sex workers in the organisation itself.
Pictured (L to R):
Back: Neil McCulloch (Liaison Officer), Dani Pons Palacin (Spanish interpreter), Thierry Schaffauser, Housnatou Tembely, Jenn Clamen, Andrew Hunter, Ruth Morgan Thomas (Global Coordinator), Mariann Bodzsar.
Front: Macklean Kyomya, Khartini Slamah, Angela Villon Bustamante, Alejandra Gil, Fatimah Abdullah.
Board of Directors:
The NSWP is governed by a Board of 11 Directors, with each region determining their own criteria and method of nominating their regional representatives; and a President elected by the global membership. The President and Board members are appointed for a period of up to two years; however, one regional board member rotates off the Board each year to ensure continuity. The Board elects from within its membership a Vice President and Executive Committee. The Executive Committee includes the President, the Vice President and three Board members (plus the Global Coordinator as a non-voting member).
President: Andrew Hunter (Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers)
Vice President: Alejandra Gil (APROASE, Mexico)
Africa: Housnatou Tembely (DANAYA-SO, Mali) & John Mathenge (HOYMAS, Kenya)
Asia Pacific: Khartini Slamah (APNSW, Malaysia), Kaythi Win (APNSW, Myanmar)
Europe: Mariann Bodzsar (SWAN, Hungary) & Pye Jacobsson (Rose Alliance, Sweden)
Latin America: Alejandra Gil (APROASE, Mexico) & Angela Villon Bustamante (Movimiento de Trabajadoras Sexuales del Perú , Perú )
North America: Elya Durisin (Maggie's, Canada) & Cracey Fernandes (Guyana Sex Work Coalition, Guyana)
- NSWP Strategic Plan 2010-2012
- NSWP Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association 2008
- NSWP organisational review 2007
- NSWP Rio meeting 2006
The NSWP has a secretariat in Edinburgh where it shares an office with SCOT-PEP, the local sex worker group.
The NSWP Global Secretariat consists of staff and consultants worldwide who are employed to implement the NSWP strategic plan:
- Global Coordinator – responsible for promoting and managing the network activities and working with the Board of Directors to develop organisational policies, protocols and tools.
- Policy Work - (recruitment pending)responsible for consulting with members and producing advocacy tools for members, including consensus statements and briefing papers.
- Communications Work – (funding application pending) responsible for developing and implementing the NSWP communication strategy, maintaining and updating the NSWP website and assisting in the drafting of updates, briefing papers and reports.
- Office Manager – is responsible for the development and implementation of administrative, office and financial management systems.
In addition, task consultants are recruited as required to assist with tasks such as coordinating for international conferences, website development, editing Research for Sex Work, undertaking community consultations and research, and facilitating training and workshops.
NSWP wishes to thank the following for their financial support:
- Open Society Foundation – Sexual Health And Rights Program (USA)
- HIVOS (Netherlands)
- UNFPA (USA)
- UNAIDS Secretariat (Switzerland)
- AIDS Fond and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)
- Mama Cash (Netherlands)
- WHO (Switzerland)