News Archive: December 2011

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To mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, 17th December, NSWP is pleased to announce the launch of some important resources that have been developed to be used as tools by sex worker rights activists and to inform a wide range of audiences including policy makers and programmers.

Posted 16 December 2011 by Neil McCulloch

This report has been withdrawn, following agreement with UNAIDS in February 2012 to revisions in the document. It will be made available again once the revisions have been done and the final document is uploaded onto the UNAIDS website.  

This resource was officially launched this week at the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva, during the 29th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. 

Intended to accompany the UNAIDS Guidance Note on HIV and Sex Work (2009) this important resource was developed by the UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work.  

Posted 16 December 2011 by Neil McCulloch

The Sex Worker Open University has organised a candle light vigil in Soho, London on Thursday 15th December to remember friends and colleagues who were victims of violence.

SWOU have produced a number of videos to promote the event.  The first video can be seen on this page and the others can be viewed here and here.

Posted 9 December 2011 by Neil McCulloch

 

At its 25th Board Meeting in Ghana, 20-22 November, the Global Fund Board decided to cancel Round 11, its funding opportunity for countries to put forward ambitious proposals for scale-up of HIV/AIDS, TB and/or malaria programs, National Strategies and health systems strengthening. The reason for this is lack of money and unwillingness by the donors to invest more in AIDS, TB and malaria through the Global Fund. The immediate consequence is that countries will only be able to apply for funding for continuation of essential prevention, treatment and/or care programs currently financed by the Global Fund that will otherwise face disruption between January 2012 and 31 March 2014. Funding for new programs and scale-up would only come available again as of 2014. This happens at a time when the Global Fund Board also approved a new Strategy 2012-2016 with ambitious targets – that could fundamentally change the course of the epidemics.

Posted 6 December 2011 by Neil McCulloch

At a time when funding for HIV prevention programmes for sex workers is increasingly under pressure and at risk, a recently published evaluation found a significant decline in HIV prevalence among female sex workers and young women (15-24 years) seeking antenatal care in the high-prevalence southern states in India .

Posted 6 December 2011 by Neil McCulloch

Elena Reynaga, from Redtrasex and AMMAR in Argentina, interviewed in the Metro (UK) in the run up to World AIDS Day, calls for sex workers to have the same rights as any other workers, including the right to unionise and pension rights. 

Posted 6 December 2011 by Neil McCulloch

A new publication from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW): What's the Cost of a Rumour? 

A guide to sorting out the myths and the facts about sporting events and trafficking

There has been a lot published on the supposed link between sporting events and trafficking, but how much of it is true and how much of it is useful?  

Posted 5 December 2011 by Neil McCulloch