This is an edited version of a talk given by Elena Jeffreys, national president of Scarlet Alliance, at the Feminist Futures conference in Melbourne, Australia 28-29 May 2011 on the panel Why Feminism Matters. It was published in The Scavenger.
Regional updates: Asia and the Pacific
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Regional Board Members
Sherry Sherqueshaa (Project X), Singapore
The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) is a sex worker-led network whose members include national sex worker-led networks, sex worker-led organisations and community-based sex work projects representing female, male and transgender sex workers. APNSW was founded in 1994 at the International AIDS Conference in Japan and is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
News articles from Asia and the Pacific region are listed below.
Article by Elena Jeffreys of Scarlet Alliance in the Canberra Times.
A sex worker representing DMSC was the first sex worker to be invited to attend such an event. Read the full article in the Times of India here.
DMSC has been helping sex workers negotiate the voting process in the election in Kolkata. Read news coverage in The Times of India.
Chinese police detained a sex workers’ rights activist in October 2010, a few days after she publicly called for prostitution to be legalised. Ye Haiyan was taken from the offices of APNSW member organisation the China Women’s Rights Workshops.
Only days earlier and other activists had called for officials in the central Chinese city of Wuhan to sign a petition calling for sex work to be legalised. For the full story see the Womensphere website.
From October 12-16, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), UNAIDS, and UNFPA collaborated on a consultation on HIV/AIDS and sex work in Asia. The meeting brought together UN and Global Fund for HIV Malaria and TB representatives with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government officials from eight countries. Sex worker activists from Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Fiji, Papua, New Guinea, Cambodia, and China attended to discuss approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic throughout Asia.