This document provides ten reasons why decriminalising sex work is the best policy for promoting health and human rights of sex workers, their families, and communities. Removing criminal prosecution of sex work goes hand-in-hand with recognizing sex work as work and protecting the rights of sex workers through workplace health and safety standards. Decriminalising sex work means sex workers are more likely to live without stigma, social exclusion, and fear of violence.
The so-called ‘war on drugs’ is, in reality, a war on people who use drugs. But this is not a symmetrical war: instead, the war on drugs is a lens through which various other wars are fought, with certain groups being subject to disproportionate abuse, human rights violations, stigma, and police attention. As was noted in the Violations of the Human Rights of People who Use Drugs document of INPUD’s Drug User Peace Initiative, the war on drugs has notably been a war on people of colour, on young people, and on the poor.
Sex Work and Drug Use
This is the 11th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’.
This resource is in English. You can download this 10 page PDF above.
This document provides information and practical guidance for civil society organizations and key population networks on the updated Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Eligibility Requirements which came into effect on January 1, 2015.
You can download this 11 page resource as a PDF above. This resource is in English.
This report shares highlights and insights from the four recipients of AWID’s “Innovation Seed Grants” whose projects focused on advancing the rights of sex workers. These projects reflect the culmination of a process of engagement and collaboration between AWID and diverse sex worker groups and coalitions around AWIDs 2012 International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development.
Example of a press release by an NSWP member.
This press release provides information about an advocacy campaign targeting the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
You can download this 1 page resource as a PDF above. This resource is in English.
Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) programmes have achieved some success in reducing violence by clients, police and gangs against female sex workers, largely through advocacy and community mobilisation. However, violence persists in sex workers' relationships with their intimate partners - their husbands or lovers.
This publication documents the lessons learned from the process of implementing a four-country research project on sex work and violence through the narratives and reflections of those who participated in the research since its inception in 2011. The publication was commissioned by the Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalization in consultation with APNSW, UNDP, UNFPA and P4P (Asia-Pacific regional offices in Bangkok). Funding for the travel to conduct interviews towards this documentation was provided by UNDP.
The regional report of this multi-country study contains findings and recommendations to address violence experienced by sex workers in Asia. Sex workers experience extreme physical, sexual, emotional and economic violence at work, in health care and custodial settings, in their neighbourhoods and in their homes. This violence denies sex workers their fundamental human rights — to equal protection under the law; protection against torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; and their right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), a network of over 100 NGOs worldwide focused on promoting and advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons.
This Review explores what happens to the money and how the money to combat human trafficking is spent that is allocated by governments and private donors to stop human trafficking and to assist people who have been trafficked.
A sex worker-led observational report on the first year of the court project
This publication includes a selection of activities undertaken and achievements made during the first 28 months of the Bridging the Gaps programme.
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects' Response to the release of Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the Post-2015 Agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet’
This is the 10th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’.
This issue's theme is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
This resource is in English. You can download this 9 page PDF above.
This booklet has been written for women, men and transgender people working in the UK sex industry. It contains information and advice about keeping safe which mostly comes from those who know best – sex workers. It contains tips and strategies to protect their personal safety.
This booklet provides general safety advice for sex workers in different situations and different work places. It also provides guidance on personal safety such as to plan ahead before leaving to work, alcohol and drug use, and potential violent situations.
Explanation of Band 4 of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and its Implications for Civil Society and Key Populations