News Archive: February 2015

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Commission on the Status of Women

Fifty-ninth session 9-20 March 2015

Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”

Posted 27 February 2015 by NSWP

Following January’s sold-out run of shows at the Arcola Theatre, London, the Sex Workers’ Opera is returning for a one-off performance to mark International Women’s Day 2015.

Posted 26 February 2015 by NSWP

NSWP is pleased to announce three new job vacancies.

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience but also welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Our core values are:

Posted 25 February 2015 by Anelda Grové

Community representatives from JMMS, NUNN and Blue Diamond Society upon completing ITPC Treatment Literacy Training, Kathmandu, Nepal, January, 2015. Photo attributed to NUNN Nepal. 

Posted 25 February 2015 by NSWP

Kathmandu-based female sex workers who inject drugs now have access to a new drop-in space and access to a peer-staffed harm reduction project.

Posted 25 February 2015 by NSWP
Posted 25 February 2015 by NSWP

Asia Catalyst, an NGO which focuses on the health and human rights of marginalised communities in China and South East Asia recently released an extensive 79 page report, “My Life is Too Dark to See the Light: A Survey of the Living Conditions of Transgender Female Sex Workers in Beijing and Shanghai”.

Posted 25 February 2015 by NSWP

On February 23, Sumaya Ysl, a trans woman sex worker of color, was found murdered in Toronto. Ysl’s death has added to a growing list of trans women, most of them women of colour, who have been lost to violence in North America this year. The confirmed number currently stands at eight.

Posted 24 February 2015 by NSWP

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a themed issue entitled 'Prosecuting Human Trafficking.' 

Posted 24 February 2015 by Anelda Grové
On Friday, 19 February, Transgender Europe (TGEU) called attention to the fact that 34 countries in Europe still do not allow trans people to change their legal name and gender without having to undergo humiliating and abusive procedures. With the release of a new video on legal gender recognition, TGEU demands action to reform gender recognition laws in Europe.
Posted 24 February 2015 by NSWP

A bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament calls for new powers to increase penalties for human trafficking. The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill was introduced on December 11 2014.

Posted 23 February 2015 by NSWP

In the state of Washington, USA, politicians are considering several new proposals to “end demand” for paid sex. Senate Bill 5277 (sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Democrat), Senator Jeannie Darneille (Democrat) and Senator Mike Padden (Republican) among others) would increase the penalty for buying sex from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor, which means a fine of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

Posted 16 February 2015 by NSWP

This just in from NSWP's European correspondent:

A new research report from Malmö University, commissioned by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), criticises the so-called Swedish Modelof social policy on sex work, concluding that claims of the policy’s success have been greatly exaggerated.

Posted 5 February 2015 by NSWP

Proposed new law is dangerously misguided, say sex workers.

On Wednesday 4th February, sex workers and supporters launched ‘Realising Sex Workers’ Rights in Ireland,’ a ground-breaking paper addressing the reality of sex work in Ireland. Featuring the views of sex workers, legal practitioners and academics, the paper draws on international research and sets out a human rights and social justice response to sex work in Ireland.

Posted 5 February 2015 by NSWP

Last year the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) commissioned a research report to investigate the effects of the Swedish ban against sex purchase, introduced in 1999. RFSU wanted an independent overview of earlier studies to be used as a foundation for a congressional decision in June 2015.

Posted 5 February 2015 by NSWP

On January 26th, an Arizona appeals court overturned Monica Jones’ conviction of intent to commit prostitution. Superior Court Judge Crane McClennen found a lower court had denied Jones a fair trial by doubting her credibility (the judge in her trial, Judge Hercules, had said she was not a “credible” witness because she had a prior conviction for prosecution).

Posted 2 February 2015 by NSWP

Shannon Williams, a tireless advocate for sex worker rights, died on January 20th in San Francisco. She was 48 years old and had been taken off life support upon her request following complications from a recently discovered brain tumour.

Posted 2 February 2015 by NSWP