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Le droit de participer à la vie publique et politique est un droit humain fondamental inscrit dans le droit international. La « vie publique » fait généralement référence à l’ensemble des activités et des processus politiques d’une société. La participation à la vie publique peut être formelle ou informelle et avoir lieu aussi bien au niveau local qu’international. C’est en participant à la vie publique, de différentes façons, que les travailleurSEs du sexe ont pu influencer avec succès les politiques, les programmes, les pratiques et les discussions qui les concernent directement.

Posted 29 March 2021 by NSWP

HODSAS (Homme Pour le Droit et La Sante Sexuelle) have released a statement denouncing an increase in harassment in DRC, and highlighting the disproportionate costs of COVID-19 tests at the borders of DRC-Rwanda, and DRC-Burundi.

Posted 11 January 2021 by NSWP

En avril 2020, le NSWP a lancé une enquête mondiale pour comprendre l’impact du COVID-19 sur les travailleuses du sexe. L’enquête a reçu 156 réponses au total, de 55 pays différents, dont 53 provenaient de 6 pays – Canada, Guyana, Mexique, Suriname, Trinidad, États-Unis – en Amérique du Nord et dans la région des Caraïbes.

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Posted 22 December 2020 by NSWP

En avril 2020, le NSWP a lancé une enquête mondiale pour comprendre l’impact du COVID-19 sur les travailleuses du sexe. L’enquête a reçu 156 réponses au total de 55 pays différents, dont 22 réponses provenaient de 13 pays – Angola, Burundi, Cameroun, République démocratique du Congo, Eswatini, Éthiopie, Kenya, Nigeria, Sénégal, Afrique du Sud, Togo, Tunisie et Zambie – dans la région Afrique.

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Posted 16 December 2020 by NSWP

En avril 2020, le NSWP a lancé une enquête mondiale pour comprendre l’impact du COVID-19 sur les travailleuses du sexe. L’enquête a reçu 156 réponses au total de 55 pays différents, dont 43 réponses provenaient de 17 pays – Arménie, Autriche, Bulgarie, France, Allemagne, Hongrie, Irlande, Pays-Bas, Norvège, Roumanie, Russie, Espagne, Suède, Suisse, Macédoine du Nord, Ukraine et Royaume-Uni – dans la région Europe.

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Posted 16 December 2020 by NSWP

The Count Me In! Consortium supports the voices and activism of women, girls, and trans and gender non-binary people who are often most marginalised in their communities. Among the most silenced voices are those of sex workers.

Posted 29 October 2020 by NSWP

The National Human Rights Commission, India have issued an advisory recognising sex workers as informal workers. The 11-page advisory titled 'Human Rights Advisory on rights of Women in Context of COVID-19' lists recommendations for sex workers under the women at work section.

Posted 14 October 2020 by NSWP

UNAIDS have published a brief that provides evidence-informed guidance to countries on how to reduce stigma and discrimination in the context of COVID-19. The brief outlines specific recommendations for addressing stigma and discrimination related to COVID-19 in six settings: community settings, including individuals, families and communities; workplace settings; education settings; health-care settings; justice settings; and emergency/humanitarian settings.

Posted 13 October 2020 by NSWP

NSWP member organisation Trans United Europe – founded to unite the networks of European operating Trans BPOC NGOs and individual BPOC trans activists living and working in Europe – have reported on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Trans BPOC people in Europe through NSWP’s COVID-19 Impact Survey.

Posted 24 September 2020 by NSWP

En Avril 2020, le NSWP a lancé une enquête mondiale pour comprendre l’impact du COVID-19 sur les travailleurSEs du sexe. L’enquête a reçu 156 réponses au total de 55 pays différents dont 9 réponses de 4 pays – Brésil, Colombie, Equateur, et El Salvador – dans la région d’Amérique Latine.

Posted 23 September 2020 by NSWP

The Dominican Republic recorded its first coronavirus case on the 1st March 2020, and the country has since reached almost 100,000 reported cases. France 24 has published an article on the impact of COVID-19 on transgender sex workers in the Dominican Republic, speaking with Luna Veras, Henely Flores, and organisation TRANSSA, who are all based in the capital of Santo Domingo.

Posted 8 September 2020 by NSWP

Coalition Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre pour le travail du sexe (CAfOC-TS) have issued a statement reporting on the human rights abuses and violence experienced by sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in francophone African countries.

CAfOC-TS – which is made up of organisations including UMANDE, And Soppeku, Blety, AFAZ - Association Femme Amazone, Alcondoms Cameroun, YERELON+, and HODSAS – work to address the problems faced by French speaking sex workers in Central and West Africa.

Posted 1 September 2020 by NSWP

UNAIDS has released a new report focusing on policy responses in the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing attention to the experiences of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities.

Posted 27 August 2020 by NSWP

At the start of the year, it was hard to imagine the impact that COVID-19 would have on the world. Now, six months since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, it’s clear that the crisis is far from over and its repercussions will be felt far beyond 2020.

Posted 26 August 2020 by NSWP

New Frame have written a feature on the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers in South Africa, looking specifically at the damaging impacts of criminalisation and the need to maintain a focus on the long-term policy changes that position sex workers as equal and protected citizens.

Posted 20 August 2020 by NSWP

New Generation Humanitarian NGO, an NSWP member organisation based in Armenia, have been providing temporary shelter, food packages, and legal support for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted 13 August 2020 by NSWP

This assessment on the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers’ access to health services in Europe and Central Asia was developed by the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) and the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) through consultations with their memberhips.

Posted 10 August 2020 by NSWP

Amnesty International have released a statement urging governments to take targeted action to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The statement draws attention to government responses that, in many contexts, have been punitive, overbroad, and/or discriminatory, and provides key recommendations.

Posted 10 August 2020 by NSWP

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