News Archive: November 2011

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NSWP fully supports the statement (published in full below) released by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) concerning the decision taken in Accra by the Global Fund on the cancellation of R11 funding with broader implications for all unsigned Round 10 grants (80 with a value of $1.2 billion) and all phase two renewals. 

We join ITPC in calling on donors to take action on replenishing the Global Fund.

Posted 29 November 2011 by Neil McCulloch

SWOP USA is happy to announce the new website for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (December 17). http://www.swopusa.org/dec17/

Posted 28 November 2011 by Neil McCulloch

This article, by Rathi Ramathnathan from APNSW, who is on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board as an NGO delegate, is targeted to pressure States like Australia to carry on steps to decriminalise and recognise sex work as an occupation. 

Posted 28 November 2011 by Neil McCulloch

Research launched at a recent London seminar, as reported on PLRI's website, showed that:

  • Many migrants prefer working in the sex industry rather than the "unrewarding and sometimes exploitative conditions they meet in non-sexual jobs".
  • Many migrants working in the sex industry send money back to their country of origin, thereby "dramatically improving the living conditions of their families".
  • Police efforts to combat organised crime is undermined by the fact that victims of exploitation cannot be guaranteed indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
  •  The research findings presented were from the ESRC-funded ‘Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry’, led by Dr Nick Mai from the Institute for the Study of European Transformations at London Metropolitan University. 

You can read the full research report here.

Posted 18 November 2011 by Neil McCulloch

Harassment by police and humiliation at clinics mean just 5 percent of sex workers in South Africa are getting access to health care.

Research by the Sex Worker Education Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), says up to 60 percent of sex workers nationwide were HIV-positive.  

Micky Meji, national co-ordinator of the Africa Sex Worker Alliance, added that the infection rate was higher due to harassment by police, who often confiscated condoms from sex workers.

You can read the full story as reported in the South African Daily News here.  

Posted 18 November 2011 by Neil McCulloch

The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee is a collective of 65000 female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. Their most recent Bulletin (No 8.) includes details of new reproductive health services now offered by DMSC and information about health insurance cards given to sex workers in Sonagachi. 

 

You can download this 6 page pdf Bulletin below (in English).

Posted 17 November 2011 by Neil McCulloch

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and El Centro de Orientacion e Investigacion Integral (COIN) are leading a process to challenge a new Bill that is being proposed for the Dominican Republic. “Proyecto de Ley mediante el cual se establecen Zonas de Tolerancia en la República Dominicana” (the Bill) includes a number of elements that they consider problematic.

Posted 17 November 2011 by NSWP

Gay porn star Thierry Schaffauser left some students hot under the collar in his taboo-breaking talk at Wadham last week.

The French social activist, who founded the sex workers rights charity Les Putes in 2006, spoke frankly to members of Oxford’s LGBTQ society about his ongoing work for the gay rights movement and his experience in the porn industry.

Posted 15 November 2011 by NSWP

The St. James Infirmary poster campaign promotes their philosophy that social stigma contributes negatively to the health and wellness of sex workers. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of their work and to educate the community that sex workers are equal members of society. In this interview Stephany Ashley discusses the media campaign and the clinic.

Posted 15 November 2011 by NSWP

This article by Melissa Sontag Broudo and Penelope Saunders was originally posted on the SWOP-NYC website on October 27, 2011.

Posted 7 November 2011 by NSWP

We, the undersigned civil society organisations and members of the Seksualiti Merdeka (Sexuality Independence) coalition strongly condemn the attacks on the annual festival by PERKASA, Hindu Sangam and PAS Youth. We call upon the state authorities to ensure the security and rights of all human rights defenders in the country, including those from the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community.

Posted 7 November 2011 by NSWP