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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Recommends Russia Decriminalise Sex Work

In their concluding observations to Russia’s sixth periodic review produced on 6 October 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) recommended that Russia decriminalise sex work. This recommendation was the result of advocacy by NSWP member Silver Rose, a sex worker organisation in St. Petersburg.

UN Special Rapporteur Visits West Papua

In the wake of several human rights officials being denied entry to West Papua, The UN Special Rapporteur for Health, Dainius Puras’, officially visited West Papua last week. Human Rights Watch notes, “Indigenous sex workers in West Papua are being impacted by a HIV epidemic and lack of adequate healthcare amidst wider systematic denials of human rights and violence perpetrated by the Indonesian military and mining companies.”

Sex Workers Attend 61st Commission on the Status of Women meeting in NYC and hold Parallel Session on Sex Workers and Economic Empowerment

The sixty first session on the United Nations convening Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place in New York City in the United States of America from 13 - 24 March of 2017.

Expert Group Meeting convened by UN Women includes Recommendations on Sex Work

In preparation for Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), UN Women convened an Expert Group Meeting on the priority theme: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” The meeting was at the International Labour Organization (ILO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26 to 28 September 2016. The report included recommendations about sex work, including the decriminalisation of sex workers and clients in order to safeguard the human rights of sex workers.

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#AreWeNotWomen Campaign

Sex workers' rights are human rights AND sex workers’ rights are women’s rights! The #AreWeNotWomen campaign seeks to highlight how sex workers are being excluded and silenced by some of the women's movement in the development of the new UN Women sex work policy.

SWASA Response to UN Women Consultation

The South Asia Sex Workers Network (Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) have submitted this joint response to the UN Women Consultation on "sex work, sex trade, and prostitution." They produced a film featuring sex workers voices towards an inclusive policy on sex work, and based their response on their consultation with sex workers. The consultation was attended by participants from four South Asian countries respresenting four national level networks, five state level networks, 55 community-led organisations, and 25 supporting organisations.

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Joint Response to UN Women Consultation

This statement signed by 190 sex workers' rights, women's rights, and human rights organisations submitted the following response to the UN Women consultation on "sex work, sex trade, and prostitution." The Statement is calling UN Women to meaningfully engage with a broad range of sex workers’ and women’s rights organisations in the policy development process. It focuses on five key recommendations for UN Women to consider in their policy development process:

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GAATW Response to UN Women Consultation

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) submitted the following response to the UN Women consultation on "sex work, sex trade, and prostitution. They argue the conflation of sex work and trafficking trivialises trafficking and victimises, infantilises and patronises sex workers and creates a hostile atmosphere against them.

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Amnesty International Response to UN Women Consultation

Amnesty International have submitted the following response to UN Women have submitted the following response to the UN Women consultation on "sex work, sex trade, and prostitution." Their submission highlights their Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill the Human Rights of Sex Workers and the extensive reasearch they conducted in Norway, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, and Argentina in the development of their policy.

SWAN Response to UN Women Consultation

The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN) have submitted the following response to the UN Women consultation on "sex work, sex trade, and prostitution." They voice concerns regarding the limited possibility for sex workers to take part in an internet-based consultation. Many sex worker groups have limited or no access to internet and are not familiar with the language used in the consultation.

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