The Global Network of Sex Work Projects has published a response to the release of a Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the Post-2015 Agenda, titled ‘
News Archive: December 2014
Many of the images circulating last week from the December 17th rallies commemorating the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers included photos of mask-wearing Chinese sex workers in Paris’ Belleville district.
Earlier this month, NSWP member group Women with a Vision celebrated a quarter century of movement-building in Louisiana. The group’s 25th anniversary was commemorated with a fundraising party, with live musical guests, in New Orleans.
Earlier this month, Hull City Council won a landmark ruling to create Britain's first "prostitution-free zone." The new orders mean that any sex workers or kerb crawlers caught around the Hessle Road area can be arrested and forced to appear in court.
Sex workers are responding with outrage about a new reality show named "8 Minutes" set to air on the A&E channel. The show follows vice cop-turned-minister, Kevin Brown as he arranges to meet sex workers in hotel rooms and, within eight minutes, tries to “rescue” them from the sex trades.
The ongoing campaign being undertaken by Indian sex workers advocating for law reform, including the decriminalisation of sex work, recently received a boost in profile when a consortium of sex work law reform advocates, including Chief of the Indian National Commission for Women,
12 December 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is delighted with the decision of the International AIDS Society (IAS), who announced today that the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands would host the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from 22-28 July 2018.
NSWP has published the the 10th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’.
This issue's theme is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
You can view and download the resource here.
This year, we anticipate December 17 events will take place numerous cities around the world.
To submit your event commemorating International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, click here.
This event will be held from 6 to 8 pm at Streetwise and Safe, on the 4th floor of the
Miss Major-Jay Toole Building for Social Justice
147 West 24th St.
New York, NY 10011
On December 16th, around midnight, Thierry Schaffauser, founding member of STRASS, was distributing leaflets and condoms when he was arrested on the Barbès Boulevard, Paris in the 18th district.
He was accused of having spoken to a sex worker.
The Communities Living with HIV, Tuberculosis and affected by Malaria Delegation (Community Delegation) of the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have published a global report detailing results from a study conducted in 11 countries. The Communities Delegation is a group of forty individuals living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria from every region in the world. They work closely on policy and advocacy at Committee and Board levels and the delegation is committed to being accountable to the constituencies that it represents.
Today, 17th of December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Every year sex workers groups all over the world organises different activities to memorise the victimised sex workers, and to increase the public concern over sex workers.
Sex workers around the world will today mark the 12th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year we mark this day with a great sense of weariness as countries around the world are moving to adopt the so-called Swedish Model or Nordic Model. This move toward imposing ever more oppressive laws governing sex work is made under the guise of sex workers not being criminalised for selling sex.
Trigger warning: This article includes details pertaining to the sexual assault of sex workers.
A New Delhi court, headed by Judge Kaveri Baweja, has categorically stated that the sexual assault of sex workers is not acceptable and that in considering the sentencing of perpetrators, whether the victim is a sex worker or not, is irrelevant and should not be an issue which influences the punishment metered out to the convicted assailant.
Video: Kandapara, The Lost Brothel
The Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) recently released its annual peer reviewed publication, the Anti-Trafficking Review, at Bangkok, Thailand’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club.
A letter of support for the ‘Nordic Model’ has been circulated to a global network of university researchers from around the world seeking signatures for a model they deem as the most effective way to protect the human rights of sex workers.
David Kato Kisule (1964 – 2011) was a Ugandan teacher and LGBTI rights activist. He is considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights activism, a country with a deep conservative society where homosexuality is currently considered a crime. On August 2014 the Anti-Homosexuality Act has been struck down by the constitutional court, but the conservative reaction lives on to implement a new anti-gay bill.
The National Executive Council (NUS NEC), the interim policy-making body of the United Kingdom’s National Union of Students, last week passed a motion to officially support the decriminalisation of sex work.