Know Your Rights - ICW Members Advocacy Working Group

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12 Nov

 

- Please Disseminate Widely -

 

ICW is excited to have our special guests Daisy Nakato and Anastacia Ryan from NSWP join us on Wednesday, November 12th for our monthly ICW Members Advocacy Working Group. We welcome them to lead the discussion on sex workers’ rights in the context of HIV. 

 

Please see flyer below for more details as well as some background information and NSWP+ briefing papers presented below.

 

 

Globally, HIV prevalence among female sex workers is 12%, with female sex workers on average 13.5 times more likely to be living with HIV than other women of reproductive age. Whilst global attention has increased to sex workers as a key population targeted for HIV prevention efforts, the voices and experiences of positive sex workers living with HIV are too often left out of the conversation, resulting in widespread treatment gaps and a feeling amongst positive sex workers that they are ‘last in line for treatment’. NSWP+ is a platform within our wider Global Network of Sex Work Projects for positive sex workers and people committed to treatment access and equal rights for positive sex workers. 

NSWP+ was formed during the Sex Worker Freedom Festival in 2012, when a group of positive sex workers came together and demanded recognition that ‘sex workers are not the problem, but part of the solution’. We have launched this special platform to campaign for the rights of positive sex workers and to stand in solidarity with other positive networks and treatment activist movements.

 

For more information you can download some NSWP Briefing papers:

‘The Voices and Demands of Positive Sex Workers’http://www.nswp.org/sites/nswp.org/files/Positive%20SW%20Demands.pdf

‘Access to Medicines: Don’t Trade Our Lives Away’http://www.nswp.org/sites/nswp.org/files/Access%20to%20Medicines.pdf

Or have a look at the NSWP+ website: http://www.nswp.org/nswp-plus/topic/positive-sex-worker-demands