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This assessment on the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers’ access to health services in Europe and Central Asia was developed by the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) and the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) through consultations with their memberhips.

Posted 10 August 2020 by NSWP

Amnesty International have released a statement urging governments to take targeted action to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The statement draws attention to government responses that, in many contexts, have been punitive, overbroad, and/or discriminatory, and provides key recommendations.

Posted 10 August 2020 by NSWP

The government of Maharashtra, India, has acknowledged the challenges faced by sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new government resolution issued on 23 July. The resolution asks district officials to provide free rations and all essential services to women who are dependent on sex work.

As reported in The Hindu, this is the first time that sex work has been recognised as work in this way.

Posted 27 July 2020 by NSWP

AP News has published a report on the impact of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic on sex workers living with HIV. Speaking with sex workers and organisations from Rwanda and Zimbabwe, the article highlights the multiple ways that the current crisis is affecting those who do not have access to government support schemes.

Posted 21 July 2020 by NSWP

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The survey received, thus far, a total of 156 responses from 55 different countries out of which 43 responses were from 17 countries – Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom – in the Europe region.

Posted 6 July 2020 by NSWP

OpenDemocracy has published an article from Graciela, a member of Ammar Cordoba, on their work supporting sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. AMMAR Córdoba​ is a sex worker-led organisation in Córdoba​, Argentina, fighting for human rights and access to labour protections.

Posted 1 July 2020 by NSWP

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. To date, the survey has received 156 responses from 55 different countries. 18 of these responses were from 11 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam – in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Posted 18 June 2020 by NSWP

Пандемия коронавируса отличается от всех других кризисов. Вирус, который всего за несколько месяцев распространился по земному шару, повлиял на жизни миллионов людей и существенно изменил то, как мы живем и работаем. Секс-работники оказались в сложной ситуации, которая дополнительно усугубляется ограничением доступа к фондам помощи в чрезвычайной ситуации и жизненно важным медицинским услугам и ростом насилия, контроля и стигмы.

Posted 2 June 2020 by NSWP

A new database, devised by feminists from around the world, has been developed to track COVID-19 responses and uplift the collective action of feminists globally.

Created by organisations and activists, working across global movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, and economic and social justice, their website outlines key principles for a just and resilient recovery from the ongoing global pandemic.

The key principles are:

Posted 18 May 2020 by NSWP

Last week, the Uganda Key Populations Consortium (UKPC) and other civil society organisations released a statement strongly denouncing raids, arrests, extortion, and violent attacks targeting sex workers, barmaids and other vulnerable communities by police, Local Defense Units (LDUs), and Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) during the response to the spread of COVID-19.

Posted 11 May 2020 by NSWP

В конце февраля в Африке был зарегистрирован второй случай инфицирования COVID-19. С того момента инфекция проникла во все части света: 32 000 человек были инфицированы и около 1400 умерли.

Пандемия, которая обнажила существующее неравенство и в непропорциональной степени сказалась на тех, кто подвергается уголовному преследованию, маргинализации и живет в ситуации хронической нехватки финансов, сказалась и на секс-работниках Сенегала в Западной Африке.

Posted 11 May 2020 by NSWP

Мы публикуем 5 статей о влиянии текущего кризиса по охране здоровья на страны во всех пяти регионов НСВП с опорой на ответы, полученные в ходе нашего опроса о влиянии COIVD-19. Эти краткие зарисовки позволяют получить представление о том, что делают или не делают правительства для помощи секс-работниками и самоорганизациям секс-работников, и о том, как сообщество секс-работников реагирует на кризис.

Posted 6 May 2020 by NSWP

Today Human Rights Watch reported on the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe's (ICRSWE) statement calling for emergency support to sex workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Posted 4 May 2020 by NSWP

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, sex workers are mostly being forgotten about in government responses. This week the Guardian published a report on the experiences of sex workers in New Zealand, outlining their access to emergency wage subsidies and other state benefits.

Posted 29 April 2020 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and UNAIDS recently released a joint statement calling on countries to take immediate, critical action to protect the health and rights of sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted 28 April 2020 by NSWP

НСВП проводит опрос, чтобы следить за вилянием пандемии коронавируса на секс-работников, самоорганизации секс-работников и сообщество.

Мы делимся поступившими к нам историями и опытом организаций из разных стран мира, чтобы понять, что правительства разных стран мира делают для поддержки секс-работников и самоорганизаций секс-работников и как сообщество секс-работников реагирует на кризис.

Posted 27 April 2020 by NSWP

Lorena Borjas – a pillar of New York City’s Latinx LGBTQ community, and a staunch defender of the rights of trans people, Latinx people, and sex workers – died on Monday 30th March of complications from COVID-19.

Posted 8 April 2020 by NSWP

With sex work criminalised in almost every country, sex workers’ already precarious situation has been heightened by this public health crisis. NSWP is conducting a survey to enable us to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sex workers around the world.

Posted 8 April 2020 by NSWP