Resources

Download this resource: SW Digest Issue 8 April - June 2014.pdf

This is the 8th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

This resource is in English.  You can download this 11 page PDF above.

Download this resource: Jun25Release-QA_BillC36-ENG.pdf

As the Justice Committee of the House of Commons prepares to hold hearings on Bill C-36, the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, sex workers and their allies are releasing an important resource about this ill-considered legislation.

Download this resource: BILLC36_infosheet.pdf

In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decided that several parts of Canada’s Criminal Code dealing with prostitution are unconstitutional because they violate the rights of sex workers by undermining their health and safety. The Supreme Court decided that its ruling would take effect in one year’s time, at which point those unconstitutional parts of the law would no longer be in force.

Download this resource: SUSO Asia Pacific Report_Oct2014.pdf

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) received funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the development of advocacy tools around rights-based economic empowerment for sex workers. The first year of this three-year project was coordinated by the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), whose office is in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the last 20 years, with the catalyst of HIV decimating our ranks, India and Southeast Asia have been home to some of the most progressive sex worker-led networks in the world.

Download this resource: SUSO Asia Pacific Briefing.pdf

This paper aims to frame sex work in terms of labour migration, economics and empowering labour environments, rather than in terms of power, disease and immorality. It discusses policies and programmes affecting sex workers that limit their economic empowerment.

On June 4th, 2014 Justice Minister Peter MacKay introduced Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The draft legislation proposes a legal frameworkthat criminalises communication in public for the purpose of prostitution, the purchase ofsexual services, material benefit, and the advertisement of sexual services.

This is a resource book for Global Fund applicants and action steps for civil society. It provides information and practical guidance for civil society organizations and key population networks on the roll out of the Global Fund’s New Funding Model.

You can download this 4 page document above. This resource is in English.

Download this resource: redumbrellaleaflet2014.pdf

This leaflet for the 2nd Annual Red Umbrella March in Vancouver has been produced by an NSWP member.

You can download this 2 page document above. This resource is in English.

The Global Fund is rolling out a new approach to funding programs. The goal is to ensure efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria have the greatest possible impact. This updated approach is known as the “new funding model.” You can get more background information about the new funding model here.

In 2009, 33 million people were living with HIV, 68% of them in Africa. Globally, female sex workers are 13.5% more likely to be living with HIV than the general population (UNAIDS 2013). However, in many places sex workers’ rates of HIV are not known, whether due to insufficient research or due to sex workers’ own reluctance to document it for fear that the response will be to treat them as ‘vectors of disease’, rather than to focus attention on the broader socio-legal context which informs their HIV risk.

Sex workers constitute a key group affected by HIV, with multiple factors contributing to their vulnerability. Around the world, much HIV programming falls short of taking these factors into account and actively working towards their reduction. This failure can only result, at best, in temporary respite which privileges some sex workers over others, rather than serving to empower the sex worker community as a whole, enabling them to work safely and protect themselves.

This is the Report of the Committee on HIV/AIDS which documents the discussions leading up to the drafting process of ILO Recommendation No. 200 on HIV/AIDS and the world of work (you can download this document as a separate source by following this link).  

Download this resource: ILO Recommendation No. 200.pdf

The first international labour standard on HIV and AIDS in the world of work was adopted by governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives from ILO member States at the International Labour Conference in June 2010.

Download this resource: Stella_RapFor_Ang_small.pdf

‘The XXX Forum’ entitled “Celebrating a Decade of Action, Designing Our Future,” was a first of its kind in Quebec. It was a historical moment, a time for dialogue and for sharing our thoughts on how to support sex workers all over the world. This meeting allowed us to consolidate a system for community support by and for sex workers, and to attack the stigma that affects people who do sex work.

Download this resource: My_Work_Should_Not_Cost_Me_My_Life.pdf

On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark decision that substantially reshaped Canada’s legal framework regarding adult sex work. The case of Bedford v. Canada resulted in the striking down of three provisions of the Criminal Code: the communication, bawdy-house and living on the avails laws. The Court found that these three provisions violate section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”) given their negative impact on sex workers’ security of the person.

A number of people are excluded from the process and benefits of development because of their sexuality. Policies designed to lift people out of poverty, to provide employment and access to crucial services, all too often exclude those who do not conform to ‘normal’ sexual or gender identities. In many countries, this exclusion is also enforced through law.

Download this resource: Positive SW Demands.pdf

HIV prevention efforts are being scaled up globally, to target sex workers as a key affected population in the HIV response. The voices and experiences of sex workers living with HIV are too often rendered invisible: this means that the additional needs and rights of sex workers living with HIV are often overlooked in forums that support the rights of general populations of people living with HIV. This paper sets out the demands of positive sex workers articulated by sex workers themselves.

This resource is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

Caught with your pants down? We promise not to leave you in the cold. These simple tips come from the pros just for you.

You can download this 2 page document above. This resource is in English.

This resource is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

It is a useful guide to a variety of tools to help you reduce your risk of getting or transmitting an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). The ways to help prevent HIV transmission do not necessarily work to prevent other STIs. 

You can download this 1 page document above. This resource is in English.

This resource is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

Escorts from HOOK pulled their experience to bring you this list of tips to keep you giving your all on and off the clock!

You can download this 1 page document above. This resource is in English.