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NSWP Convenes Consortium Meeting

From 29 January to 2 February 2017, NSWP hosted a meeting with the regional networks part of the sex worker networks’ consortium to share experiences and plan the next year of the Robert Carr Fund for Civil Society Networks’ grant (RCNF) and Bridging the Gaps (BtG) grant. RCNF provides funding to regional networks to offer training to sex workers on the Global Fund and the Sex Worker Implementation Tool.

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health & Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda

In Uganda, commercial sex work is illegal and perceived as immoral and socially unacceptable. As a stigmatised and often criminalised group, sex workers are frequently the victims of human rights abuses, including sexual violence. Historically, the majority of sex workers have lacked adequate access to information about their rights, safe sex, health services, and equality before the law. In turn, this has significant implications for basic safety, the spread of HIV/AIDs, and unwanted pregnancies.

APNSW hosts Global Fund Training for Sex Workers in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) facilitated a 3-day training in Kathmandu, Nepal from the 21-23 of September. Twenty-three male, female, and transgender sex workers from attended the workshop across the nation. Sex worker participants represented JMMS, Nepal’s National Federation of Female Sex Workers; and Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s national GLBTIQ representative network.

KESWA and ASWA host 10th Sex Worker Academy Africa

“It’s my first time in the academy and it has really opened my eyes as far as sex worker advocacy and movement is concerned,” said Precious Zuzu.

Zuzu, who is from Swaziland’s Family Life Association, was among 18 participants from Swaziland, Cameroon and Kenya who were selected to attend the 10th Sex Worker Africa Academy (SWAA).

No Turning Back - Examining Sex Worker-Led Programs that Protect Health and Rights

Open Society Foundation have published No Turning Back: Examining Sex Worker-Led Programs that Protect Health and Rights. Stigma, criminal laws, and punitive policing practices harm sex workers, including their health. In response, a growing number of authorities across the world have called for the decriminalisation of sex work. The six case studies in this publication—in Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, South Africa, and Zimbabwe—offer a look at sex worker–led programming that has reduced police abuse, health risks, and other adverse impacts of bad laws and law enforcement on sex workers.

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Seven Country Teams of Sex Workers Trained on Community Empowerment

A regional training on the SWIT (Sex Worker Implementation Tool) took place in Budapest on 21-25 June 2016. Teams from 7 countries attended the training: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia. Among them were female, male and transgender sex workers.

Résistance à Travers la Résilience: la Recherche Communautaire dirigée par les Personnes Transgenres et les TravailleurSEs du Sexe aux Étas-Unis

Dans cet article, Sharmus Outlaw, Jill McCracken, et Penelope Saunders donnent un aperçu du rapport Nothing About Us, Without Us: Sex Work, HIV, Policy, and Organizing. Il aborde les expériences des personnes transgenres qui sont également travailleurSEs du sexe – ou qui sont perçues comme telles – et démontre l’incidence des politiques actuelles en matière de VIH/sida sur plusieurs groupes qui sont souvent réduits au silence et exclus des débats.

Resisting Through Resilience: US Transgender and Sex Worker-Led Community Based Research

In this article, Sharmus Outlaw, Jill McCracken, and Penelope Saunders provide an overview of the report Nothing About Us, Without Us: Sex Work, HIV, Policy, and Organizing. It focuses on the experiences of transgender people who are also sex workers or are profiled as sex workers and reveals how current 
HIV policies impact groups of people who are often silenced and excluded from policy debates. It is a joint project with Best Practices Policy Project and Desiree Alliance. This article was published as a part of Research for Sex Work 15: Resistance and Resilience.

Le Magazine le "Cowboy Urbain" et la Résistance et la Résilience chez les Travailleurs du Sexe à Montréal

Jorge Flores-Aranda, Jonathan Bacon, et Claude Poisson donnent un aperçu du programme de travail du sexe chez Rézo, une organisation pour hommes (cisgenre et transgenre) ayant des relations sexuelles avec d’autres hommes à Montréal, Canada. Ils soutiennent que les travailleurSEs du sexe démontrent la résilience et la résistance grâce à la publication du magazine le "Cowboy Urbain". Cet article a été publié dans le cadre de Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience.

The "Cowboy Urbain" Magazine and the Resistance and Resilience of Male Sex Workers in Montréal

Jorge Flores-Aranda, Jonathan Bacon, and Claude Poisson provide an overview of the Sex Work Programme at Rézo, an organisation for men who have sex with men in Montréal, Canada. They argue male sex workers demonstrate resilience and resistence through the publication of the magazine the “Cowboy Urbain”. This article was published as a part of Research for Sex Work 15: Resistance and Resilience.