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The government of Maharashtra, India, has acknowledged the challenges faced by sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new government resolution issued on 23 July. The resolution asks district officials to provide free rations and all essential services to women who are dependent on sex work.

As reported in The Hindu, this is the first time that sex work has been recognised as work in this way.

Posted 27 July 2020 by NSWP

AP News has published a report on the impact of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic on sex workers living with HIV. Speaking with sex workers and organisations from Rwanda and Zimbabwe, the article highlights the multiple ways that the current crisis is affecting those who do not have access to government support schemes.

Posted 21 July 2020 by NSWP

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The survey received, thus far, a total of 156 responses from 55 different countries out of which 43 responses were from 17 countries – Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom – in the Europe region.

Posted 6 July 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 July 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 June 2020 by NSWP

La pandémie de COVID-19 est une crise pas comme les autres. Le virus, qui s’est répandu dans le monde en seulement quelques mois, a affecté les vies de millions de personnes et a profondément changé les manières dont nous vivons et travaillons. Pour les travailleurSEs du sexe, c’est une mauvaise situation qui s’est empire avec l’accès restreint aux fonds d’urgence et aux soins de santé essentiels ainsi qu’une augmentation des raids, de la surveillance, et de la stigmatisation.

Posted 2 June 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 May 2020 by NSWP

Les Etats Unis ont annoncé cette semaine qu’ils ont dépassé le 1 million de cas enregistrés de COVID-19, et presque 61,000 morts. Malgré ces sombres étapes, le pays a été divisé entre ceux impatients de revenir à leurs habitudes et ceux qui souhaitent que le confinement reste en vigueur. Laissés en dehors de ce débat sont les travailleurSEs du sexe qui n’ont pas d’autre choix que de continuer à travailler à cause de leur exclusion de toute aide gouvernementale.

Posted 13 May 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 May 2020 by NSWP

Nous partageons 5 articles se concentrant sur l’impact de l’actuelle crise sanitaire sur 5 régions du NSWP, basés sur les réponses à notre enquête d’impact COVID-19. Ces instantanés fournissent un aperçu de ce que font les gouvernements – et ce qu’ils ne font pas – pour soutenir les travailleurSES du sexe et les organisations de travailleurSEs du sexe et comment la communauté des travailleurSEs du sexe répond à cette crise.

Posted 11 May 2020 by NSWP

A la fin de février, le deuxième cas de COVID-19 a été documenté dans un pays africain. Depuis, la maladie s’est propagée dans chaque région, avec pour résultat environ 32,000 cas confirmés et autour de 1,400 décès.

Les travailleurSEs du sexe au Sénégal, en Afrique de l’ouest, se trouvent en difficulté dans ce contexte de pandémie, qui a exposé les inégalités existantes et qui affecte de manière disproportionnée les personnes déjà criminalisées, marginalisées et vivant dans des situations financièrement précaires.

Posted 11 May 2020 by NSWP

Le NSWP conduit une enquête pour suivre et signaler l’impact de la pandémie du COVID-19 sur les travailleurSEs du sexe, leurs organisations et leurs communautés.

Nous partageons les histoires et expériences des organisations autour du monde, comme elles nous sont rapportées, afin d’avoir un aperçu de ce que font les gouvernements pour soutenir les travailleurSEs du sexe, leurs organisations, et comment la communauté des travailleurSEs du sexe répond à cette crise.

Posted 6 May 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 May 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 April 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 April 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 April 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 April 2020 by NSWP