GNP+ and UNAIDS have released 'Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention: Operational Guidelines' this week introducing 'Treatment 2015'. With less than a 1000 days remaining to reach the critical target of 15 million people on antiretroviral therapy by 2015.
News Archive: September 2013
The National Network of Sex Workers India today joined NSWP and the African Sex Workers Alliance in standing with the robust UN recommendations that call for the decriminalisation of sex work in order to protect sex workers' health and human rights, and against this latest attack on recomendations that are supported by sex workers globally.
The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) joins NSWP in condemning the latest attack on sex workers' rights, an attack which takes the form of a campaign against several UN agencies' recommendations to decriminalise sex work.
In response to Equality Now’s recent letter to Helen Clark, administrator at UNDP, requesting that the UN re-examine the findings and recommendations of two recent UN reports on HIV and the Law, and Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific respectively. NSWP rejects the attacks on these recent UN reports which recommend decriminalisation of sex work. The campaigners leading these attacks are crucially misrepresenting several key factors.
The first ever wide-scale survey of indoor sex workers in Ireland has revealed a far more complex picture of who does sex work, and why, than is commonly portrayed in the Irish media, which is dominated by claims from anti-sex worker organisations - with links to the Catholic Church and the notorious Magdalene laundries.
Sex workers of all genders and from all sectors of the industry gathered in Paris in early June to hold a national conference, organised by STRASS, in which they discussed their rights, safety, and community organising.
Sex workers in Scotland, and sex worker-led organisation SCOT-PEP condemned the front page exposure of a sex worker in yesterday's Scottish Sun.
The late-August attack on the Madaripur red light district in Dhaka, Bangladesh, made up to five hundred sex workers homeless and destroyed their workplaces. It has now emerged that sex workers were refused vital hospital treatment in the aftermath of the attacks.
The Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) has urged Parliamentarians to decriminalise sex work in South Africa. The CGE made the call as it presented a position paper on sex work in South Africa to parliamentarians in August, 2013.
"Decriminalisation means: repeal all laws against sex work," CGE commissioner Janine Hicks said at the announcement of the institution's position.
Female sex workers across Kenya who are living with HIV have formed several groups to offer support and assist them economically.
'Ugly Mugs' schemes have been in many parts of the world, as a tool to warn sex workers about violent people posing as clients - but until now, there have been no such projects formally set up in Ireland, as the Irish state - influenced by various anti-sex work organisations - has never felt the need to aid sex workers in making the job safer.
Sex workers in Jamaica gathered last week to demand rights, respect and dignity at a conference that received widespread press coverage around the region. Described as "members of a group that most Jamaicans may not have heard of", Television Jamaica went on to note that the Carribean Sex Workers Collective are "advocating for equal rights, and an end to stigma and discrimination".
The Caribbean Sex Workers Coalition (CSWC), a regional collective of sex worker-led civil society organisations and sex worker advocates, is calling on Caribbean states to end discrimination against sex workers, recognise transgender people and create laws to protect sex workers from stigma and discrimination.
Sex workers in China face widespread stigma along with legal and societal discrimination according to several recent media reports.
Sex workers are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses. The number of people involved in sex work in China has been on the rise. As a result of this the problems and dangers sex workers face are becoming an increasingly pressing societal problem.