News Archive: April 2011

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.

29 April 2011

APNSW and sex workers from across the region presented to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law at the Regional Dialogue in Bangkok in March.  Watch the video presentation here.

27 April 2011

Sex work activists from SWOP-NYC gathered in Union Square in New York to mark the acceptance by the US State Department of the UN Human Rights Council's Recommendation No 86.  This recommendation aims to "ensure access to public services paying attention to the special vulnerability of sexual workers to violence and human rights abuses."

27 April 2011

SANGRAM / VAMP's successful video response on Sangli Talkies to the documentary made by UK journalist Sarah Harris was shown at a recent feminist conference 'Count Me In' in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Read Nisha Susan's article and commentary on the impact of VAMP's video in her article in Tehelka

27 April 2011

NGO Delegate to the UNAIDS PCB, Rathi Ramanathan, writes about the challenges involved in advocacy for sex workers' rights.  Her blog entry includes analysis of the anti-trafficking agenda, rights and access to HIV services and moving towards universal access through sex workers' rights.

For the full blog post see here.

21 April 2011

Sex workers collectives and organisations in Pune and Sangli came together on 6th April asked women's rights groups to support them in stopping violence against sex workers. Delegates also discussed police treatment of sex workers during raids on brothels and anti-trafficking initiatives.   

11 April 2011

10 Essential Steps for “Getting to Zero”: Principles and Recommendations for Addressing Key Populations at the UN 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS.

6 April 2011

APNSW members and other sex work activists have been involved in the consultation on setting new targets for Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment and care.  For more information and updates as they occur see the APNSW blog pages

5 April 2011

DMSC members are meeting with candidates from all parties who are standing in the West Bengal Assembly election to demand equal rights for sex workers.

4 April 2011

Our members PLRI are involved in this research symposium.  For more details, the full agenda, or to book a place, please see the full article on the  PLRI website.

4 April 2011