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NSWP is seeking to recruit a Policy Officer to join our Policy Team, led by the Senior Policy Officer, working on developing global advocacy tools for our members and reviewing external policy documents in line with the NSWP Consensus Statement and the priorities set by the NSWP Board.

Posted 29 Junio 2020 by NSWP

The organisers of HIV2020 Online, of which NSWP is a member, published a set of ten recommendations aimed at the International AIDS Society (IAS), which has been criticised for its decision to bring this year’s International AIDS Conference to the United States of America (U.S.). Though both conferences will now take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates argue that the decision reflects weak community engagement.

Posted 2 Julio 2020 by NSWP

OpenDemocracy has published an article from Graciela, a member of Ammar Cordoba, on their work supporting sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. AMMAR Córdoba​ is a sex worker-led organisation in Córdoba​, Argentina, fighting for human rights and access to labour protections.

Posted 1 Julio 2020 by NSWP

HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, is scheduled to take place on Zoom from July through October of 2020.

The HIV2020 alliance has decided to organise the community-led event to provide an alternative for individuals who cannot or will not participate in the AIDS2020 virtual conference. Its goal is to offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities play in the global HIV response. ​

Posted 19 Junio 2020 by NSWP

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. To date, the survey has received 156 responses from 55 different countries. 18 of these responses were from 11 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam – in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Posted 18 Junio 2020 by NSWP

NSWP has launched an update to the legal mapping project, which maps sex work laws around the world. The information in the map reflects legislation (as of 31 March 2020) that affects sex workers through the criminalisation of the sale and purchase of sexual services, and the facilitation, management or organisation of sex work, as well as other laws used to regulate sex work such as mandatory health checks and travel restrictions.

Posted 15 Junio 2020 by NSWP

Juana R. Torres, president and founder of Mujeres Independientes Luchando por sus Derechos (Independent Women Fighting for their Rights), passed away in May after a stay in Santo Tomás hospital. Juana, who was also known as Dulce Ana, was a Honduran national living in Panama. There she campaigned for the recognition of sex work as work, saying “we’re always fighting for our work to be recognised, just like any other form of employment in the country.”

Posted 4 Junio 2020 by NSWP

La pandemia de COVID-19 no es una crisis como cualquier otra. El virus, el cual se ha expandido por todo el mundo en pocos meses, ha afectado a la vida de millones de personas y ha cambiado profundamente la manera en la que vivimos y trabajamos. Para las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual, esta mala situación ha empeorado aún más con la restricción de acceso a fondos de emergencia y de cuidados de salud y con el aumento de las redadas, vigilancias y estigma.

Posted 2 Junio 2020 by NSWP

On 2 June 1975, approximately 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger about their criminalised and exploitative living conditions. They hung a banner from the steeple which read ‘Our children do not want their mothers to go to jail’, and launched a media campaign to broadcast their grievances to the world.

Posted 1 Junio 2020 by NSWP

Katherine Koster has departed from the NSWP Secretariat after over three years in the role of Policy Officer.

Katherine joined NSWP in April 2017. During her time with NSWP, Katherine worked on a wide range of advocacy tools; case studies on technical support and international guidelines; meeting reports; and helped with drafting responses to external documents.

Posted 29 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

UNAIDS and NSWP have created an infographic to illustrate that sex workers have the same rights as everyone else and their rights must be respected.

View the infographic below or visit the UNAIDS website to download a printable version.

Posted 27 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

A new database, devised by feminists from around the world, has been developed to track COVID-19 responses and uplift the collective action of feminists globally.

Created by organisations and activists, working across global movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, and economic and social justice, their website outlines key principles for a just and resilient recovery from the ongoing global pandemic.

The key principles are:

Posted 18 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

Los Estados Unidos anunció esta semana que han superado el millón de casos de COVID-19 registrados, y cerca de las 61.000 muertes. A pesar de estas serias cifras, el país está dividido entre aquellos que están ansiosos por volver a la “normalidad” y aquellos que desean permanecer en la actual cuarentena. Fuera de este debate están las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual que no tienen otra opción que continuar trabajando debido a su exclusión de cualquier paquete de ayudas del gobierno.

Posted 13 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

Last week, the Uganda Key Populations Consortium (UKPC) and other civil society organisations released a statement strongly denouncing raids, arrests, extortion, and violent attacks targeting sex workers, barmaids and other vulnerable communities by police, Local Defense Units (LDUs), and Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) during the response to the spread of COVID-19.

Posted 11 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

A finales de febrero, el segundo caso de COVID-19 fue documentado en un país africano. Desde entonces, la enfermedad se ha expandido por toda la región, resultando en unos 32.000 casos confirmados y alrededor de 1.400 muertes.

Las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual en Senegal, África del oeste, están sufriendo dentro del contexto de la pandemia, el cual ha expuesto las desigualdades existentes y afecta desproporcionalmente a la gente ya criminalizada, marginalizada; y viviendo en situaciones financieras precarias.  

Posted 11 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

Estamos compartiendo cinco artículos centrándonos en el impacto de la actual crisis sanitaria en las cinco regiones de la NSWP, basadas en las respuestas de nuestra Encuesta del Impacto de COVID-19. Estas atribuciones nos dan una visión sobre lo que los gobiernos están haciendo y no haciendo para apoyar a las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual y a las organizaciones de trabajo sexual y cómo la comunidad de trabajo sexual está respondiendo ante la crisis.

Posted 6 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

La NSWP está llevando a cabo una encuesta para monitorear e informar sobre el impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19 sobre las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual y las organizaciones de trabajo sexual y sus comunidades.

Posted 6 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

Today Human Rights Watch reported on the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe's (ICRSWE) statement calling for emergency support to sex workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Posted 4 Mayo 2020 by NSWP

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, sex workers are mostly being forgotten about in government responses. This week the Guardian published a report on the experiences of sex workers in New Zealand, outlining their access to emergency wage subsidies and other state benefits.

Posted 29 Abril 2020 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and UNAIDS recently released a joint statement calling on countries to take immediate, critical action to protect the health and rights of sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted 28 Abril 2020 by NSWP

Lorena Borjas – a pillar of New York City’s Latinx LGBTQ community, and a staunch defender of the rights of trans people, Latinx people, and sex workers – died on Monday 30th March of complications from COVID-19.

Posted 8 Abril 2020 by NSWP

With sex work criminalised in almost every country, sex workers’ already precarious situation has been heightened by this public health crisis. NSWP is conducting a survey to enable us to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sex workers around the world.

Posted 8 Abril 2020 by NSWP