What we do

NSWP influences policy and builds leadership among sex workers and it facilitates the development of regional and national networks of sex workers and sex work projects.

Our work includes:

Publishing Making Sex Work Safe in 1996.

Publishing Research for Sex Work, a journal offering a unique mix of articles from sex workers, sex work projects and researchers.

NSWP advocacy has involved sex workers themselves presenting the case for protection of their human rights at important international forums such as international and regional conferences on AIDS, the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing 1995, UNGASS, and the UNAIDS Programme Co-ordinating Board.

The NSWP, along with its regional networks, was successful in urging UNAIDS to reconsider its 2007 policy guidelines on HIV and sex work and has been invited to co-chair the newly formed UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work.

NSWP members participate in various consultations around the development of the Global Fund Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Strategy, which covers female, male and transgender sex workers.