Research for Sex Work 14: Sex Work is Work is a peer-reviewed publication for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policy makers. It is available in English and Spanish. All issues of Research for Sex Work can be found here.
The Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to SWIT provides a short summary of the key points in Sex Worker Implemetation Tool (SWIT). The SWIT, which was authored by the World Health Organisation, provides evidence for the necessity of decriminalisation of sex work, the involvement of sex workers in developing policy, and the empowerment and self-determination of sex working communities as a fundamental part of the fight against HIV. The guide can be used by sex workers and sex worker organisations who are designing or running programmes for sex workers. It may also be useful as an advocacy tool when advocating for rights-based services.
The Smart Sex Worker's Guide to The Global Fund 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.
This briefing paper calls for the decriminalisation of sex work and sets out Tampep International’s arguments against the abolitionist feminist lobby groups that work to undermine the promotion of policies that seek to decriminalise all aspects of sex work.
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) would like to take this opportunity to express our support for Amnesty International’s Resolution and draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, tabled for adoption at the International Council Meeting, 6-11th August 2015. This draft policy is backed up by the findings of country-based research carried out by Amnesty International on the human rights impact of the criminalisation of sex work, and also on the consultation in 2014, which included input from many sex workers around the world – the community most affected by the proposals.
NSWP would also like to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the CATW statement, open letter and online petition attacking Amnesty International's proposals. CATW’s position is stigmatising, discriminatory and misrepresents the facts, conflating sex work with human trafficking. Most importantly it ignores the lived experiences of sex workers, silences their voices and seeks to perpetuate legal systems which place sex workers at increased risk of violence, stigmatisation, and discrimination; as well as limiting their access to health and social services. Furthermore, CATW is ignoring the overwhelming body of evidence and the findings of international bodies such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, who recommend that governments should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work and The Lancet which recently published a special series on HIV and Sex Workers, which also recommends the decriminalisation of sex work and reported “Decriminalisation of sex work would have the greatest effect on the course of HIV epidemics across all settings, averting 33–46% of HIV infections in the next decade.”
These guidelines were developed by Stella, l’amie de Maimie for instances where Stella’s participation is sought in research projects. The document sets out some guiding principles both on the part of the researchers and Stella.
You can download this 2 page resource as a PDF above. This resource is in English.
This document sets out the standards that Wonetha expect researchers and other inquirers to maintain when carrying out research. Standards pertain to anonymity, reimbursement of costs incurred by sex workers and staff in taking part in research.
You can download this 1 page resource as a PDF above. This resource is in English.
Research into sex work is all too often perpetrated upon the sex worker community by outsiders who use individual sex workers as a bridge to gain access to participants. In recent times, sex workers have begun to demand appropriate payment from researchers who need our assistance and have critiqued research that is sloppy or morally biased.
These guidelines titled, 'A note to researchers, students, reporters, and artists who are not sex workers' were devloped by Maggie’s Toronto–
This resource advises people outside of the sex worker community – who are interested in doing research on sex work – how to engage with sex workers.
You can download this 1 page guide as PDF above. This resource is in English.
This statement by the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) was written in collaboration with NSWP earlier in 2015.
This Policy Brief is a short summary of evidence for action drawn from: The Right(s) Evidence: Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia - A Multi-Country Study and recent key studies and guidance including The Lancet Special Series on Sex work and HIV and the WHO Consolidated Guidance for K
In April 2015, the Open Society Foundations organised a meeting of experts and advocates concerned about the future of The Global Fund, particularly in the areas of preserving support to important programs in middle-income countries and the role of The Global Fund in supporting access to medicines. The two papers, presented at the meeting, discuss and critique The Global Fund's funding strategies. The meeting report summarises the conclusions of the meeting.
This Africa Regional Report documents case studies of economic empowerment programmes in 6 African countries: Democratic Republic of Congo; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Nigeria; and Uganda. There are relatively few economic empowerment programmes for sex workers led by sex workers in Africa. As such this regional report evaluates both successful and failed economic empowerment programmes by sex worker-led organisations and non-sex worker-led organisations.
This is the 12th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’, covering the period April - June 2015.
This resource is in English. You can download this 10 page PDF above.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) hosted its first ‘Expert Consultation Meeting STIs among Sex Workers’ meeting in October 2014 and has now released its public report of the meeting. NSWP was represented at the meeting.
A new public health context to understand male sex work
Researching male sex work offers insight into the sexual lives of men and women while developing a more realistic appreciation for the changing issues associated with male sex work. This type of research is important because it not only reflects a growing and diversifying consumer demand for male sex work, but also because it enables the construction of knowledge that is up-to-date with changing ideas around sex and sexualities.
Working Together is a guide to increase and improve the meaningful involvement of the community sector in all aspects of national responses to HIV, with an emphasis on national planning and decision-making processes.
Working Together is based on the understanding and evidence that community sectors have a vital role to play in action on HIV. However, communities often benefit from practical support and the exchange of ideas to strengthen their coordination, consultation and representation.
Who this guide is for and how it can be used
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.