Sex workers attending the Commission on the Status of Women were concerned by comments made about sex work during the panel of a side event yesterday. The side event ‘Free to Decide, Free to Choose’ was sponsored by the French and Swedish governments, and discussed sexual and reproductive health and rights. Comments from the Swedish Women’s Lobby during the event suggested that no woman’s rights can be respected while sex workers exist.
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