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The All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW), a collective of 5 million sex workers in India and a member of NSWP, last week wrote to the Delhi government demanding better access to vaccines for sex workers and transgender people.

The Hindustan Times reported on the letter, including quotes from AINSW.

15 June 2021

The Multi-Stakeholder Task Force has issued a statement welcoming the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS but also drawing attention to critical omissions and weaknesses within the declaration.

9 June 2021

To coincide with the start of the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV & AIDS, NSWP has joined STOPAIDS and over 140 cross-party MPs and leaders in the HIV response in writing to the UK Government.

8 June 2021

The Informal Interactive Multi-stakeholder Hearing as part of the preparatory process for the 2021 UN high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS was hosted on Friday, 23 April 2021.

8 June 2021

Sex worker groups around the world held events and actions to mark 2nd June, International Sex Workers’ Day.

3 June 2021

The Supreme Court of Spain has issued a ruling recognising the right of sex workers to form unions. The ruling comes after an appeal from NSWP member organisation Organización de Trabajadoras Sexuales OTRAS. The judges agree with OTRAS when they consider that its members "enjoy the fundamental right to freedom of association and have the right to organise".

2 June 2021

The NSWP Consensus Statement on Sex Work, Human Rights, and the Law details eight fundamental rights that sex worker-led groups from around the world identify as crucial targets for their activism and advocacy. These eight rights, if fully realised, would be a huge step towards safeguarding sex workers' human rights, labour rights, and health.

2 June 2021

Organisations in Canada, including NSWP members, have circulated a statement calling on Ontario to stop the expansion of policing powers and put an end to Bill 251.

Ontario’s Bill 251 is named the Combating Human Trafficking Act, but the statement explains that this law will do nothing to prevent human trafficking and will instead target the most marginalised.

13 May 2021

UMANDE, HODSAS and ACODHU-TS have released a statement addressing an upsurge of acts of violence against sex workers in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This new statement follows others that have so far been ignored by the Congolese government.

11 May 2021

Red Umbrella Fund are looking for two sex workers or strong allies from somewhere in North America and Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Red Umbrella Fund is the first-ever global grantmaking collaborative guided by and for sex workers. Red Umbrella Fund is guided by an International Steering Committee (ISC) made up of sex workers and donors. The ISC decides the grantmaking criteria, approves the annual budget and makes other strategic decisions.

10 May 2021

IWRAW Asia Pacific and NSWP call on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights to ensure a rights-affirming approach to sex work as they take stock of 10 years of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and develop an ambitious vision and roadmap for the decade ahead.

5 May 2021

Sex Work, Health, and Human Rights is the first global [open source] textbook co-written by sex workers and academics about sex workers' diverse health and human rights’ needs. Drawing upon community case studies and academic research from around the world, the book highlights the sustained health and social inequities that sex workers in all of their diversity face. It showcases successful interventions and the resistance, resilience and creativity of the sex worker movements in the face of challenges.

20 April 2021

An open letter from Decrim Now calling on UK MPs to oppose further criminalisation of sex work has received over 150 signatures. NSWP have joined organisations such as Amnesty International, Liberty, Freedom United, Stonewall and Sisters Uncut in adding their support to the sex worker-led call, as have unions including GMB and United Voices of the World, and celebrities including FKA Twigs.

12 April 2021

NSWP member organisation TAMPEP has called for sex workers to receive equal treatment with other professions. The statement comes as areas of Europe enter new periods of lockdown and sex workers continue to face extreme hardship as well as stigma and discrimination.

You can read an excerpt of the TAMPEP statement below or visit the TAMPEP website to read the full statement.

7 April 2021

NSWP member organisation Butterfly - Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network have launched a campaign making 8 Calls for Justice to promote racial and migrant justice of migrant sex workers and protect their human and labour rights.

29 March 2021