NSWP Members Consultation Begins!
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The NSWP is consulting with its member groups to develop a consensus statement on sex work, human rights and the law. This consultation will strengthen collaboration across NSWP members and global advocacy.
If you have questions about this consultation, contact Jenn Clamen
Read more below.
• Produce a global consensus statement around sex work, human rights and the law;
• Enhance shared understanding of legal frameworks for sex work;
• Identify what meaningful participation in NSWP means to member groups; and
• Develop a model for future consultation
This consultation will enable NSWP to produce a global consensus statement and a future consultation process that works across differences in language, culture, gender, race, religion, income, health, regional contexts and legal frameworks.
This consultation is limited to NSWP member groups and will inform NSWP policies and positions.
What is a Consensus Statement?
A consensus statement articulates shared understandings. It attempts to find the common ground between us.
Why Create A Consensus Statement?
To strengthen the advocacy work of NSWP through speaking with one voice and including members in NSWP policy development.
What are the 3 Questionnaires about?
1. Legal Frameworks
This first part of the consultation seeks to create a shared understanding of legal frameworks.
NSWP members have different ways of articulating legal frameworks for sex work. This part of the consultation seeks to build a common understanding of the terminology NSWP members use to describe these legal frameworks.
This part of the consultation is not intended to create a global legal framework for sex work. Nor is NSWP seeking consensus on a single legal framework. NSWP hopes to identify where member groups agree on how they oppose the criminalisation of sex work.
The first stage of this consultation took place in Kolkata where various NSWP groups met for one-hour regional meetings to discuss legal frameworks in their countries and priorities around law reform and law enforcement. The questionnaire is drawn from these discussions.
Each group is asked to respond to questions in this part of the consultation. Areas where there is disagreement will be identified for further discussion on member listservs or via Skype teleconference.
2. Human Rights
Here NSWP seeks to develop consensus on measures to protect and respect human rights for sex workers.
The questionnaire focuses on these basic and universal rights:
• The right to associate and organise
• The right to be protected by law
• The right to be free from violence
• The right to be free from discrimination
• The right to health
• The right to freedom of movement and to migrate
• The right to work and choose occupation.
Each right has a series of statements. Members will indicate their agreement with each statement on a scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree.
Statements that receive strong or moderate disagreement will be put forward for more discussion on member listservs or on Skype teleconferences.
Where does the content in the questionnaire come from?
It draws on the “Draft Declaration” written by long time sex worker activist and one of the founders of the NSWP, Cheryl Overs -- it seeks to build consensus on much of its content. It draws on the rights and demands written in documents from over 30 years of sex worker rights activism. The draft declaration was adapted--for the first stage of this consultation in Kolkata--to reflect the themes discussed during the Sex Worker Freedom Festival.
The draft declaration and this consultation draw from the following documents, written by sex workers and allies:
1. The World Charter on the Rights of Prostitutes; Brussels. 1985
2. The Sex Workers' Manifesto. Kolkata. 1997
3. The Taipei Declaration of Sex Worker’s Human Rights. Taipei. 1998
4. The Durbar Vision. SEX WORKERS, HUMAN RIGHTS. Kolkata 2003
5. Sex Workers: Part of the Solution. Cape Town 2003.
6. Sex Workers in Europe Manifesto. Brussels.
7. Declaration on the Rights of Sex Workers Brussels 2005.
8. Stella, l’amie de Maimie. eXXXpressions: Forum XXX Proceedings, Montreal, Canada, 2006.
9. Sex Workers Human Rights and the Fight Against HIV Montreal 2006
10. The Global Working Group on HIV and Sex Work Policy Draft Reworking of the UNAIDS Guidance Note on HIV and Sex Work. Delhi 2007
11. St. Pauli Protocol. Hamburg April 2008
12. Recommendations of the African Sex Worker Alliance. Pretoria October 2009
13. Wards of the state: Young sex workers' special vulnerability to HIV and AIDS under the law. Vienna 2010
14. The Sex Worker Forum Declaration. 2010
15. Sangram Bill of Rights. Sangli 2010
16. NSWP Smart Guide on Sex Work and HIV: Only Rights Can Stop the Wrongs. Vienna 2010
17. The Pattaya Draft Declaration. Pattaya. October 2010
18. Sex Worker Open University Manifesto London 2010
19. The Kolkata Call to Action, Sex Worker Freedom Festival 2012
3. Meaningful Participation
A third element of the consultation is around meaningful participation.
This part of the consultation asks questions that will help the NSWP develop more effective and responsible ways of consulting with its members, by asking what meaningful participation means to its members. The goal of this exercise is to strengthen NSWP’s capacity to consult its members on a global and regional level.
A Note on Consensus Building:
Consensus building processes are never easy and require us to find workable solutions to diverse realities. Consensus building is a process that encourages participation and ownership. It is a way for NSWP members to recognise differences and find common ground.