International Sex Workers' Day
The Supreme Court of Spain has issued a ruling recognising the right of sex workers to form unions. The ruling comes after an appeal from NSWP member organisation Organización de Trabajadoras Sexuales OTRAS. The judges agree with OTRAS when they consider that its members "enjoy the fundamental right to freedom of association and have the right to organise".
The NSWP Consensus Statement on Sex Work, Human Rights, and the Law details eight fundamental rights that sex worker-led groups from around the world identify as crucial targets for their activism and advocacy. These eight rights, if fully realised, would be a huge step towards safeguarding sex workers' human rights, labour rights, and health.
Red Umbrella Sweden will be marking International Sex Workers' Day with a two day event in Stockholm.
On the 1st of June, RUS members and allies will be protesting outside court, demanding sex workers' right to privacy and family. On that day, the partner of one of our members might go to jail for living together with a sex worker.
On the 2nd of June, RUS are celebrating International Sex Workers' Day with a picnic and a clothing and book swap.
Activists in Uganda are protest ing in front of the Ugandan Embassy to bring attention to the Ugandan Sexual Offenses Act passed earlier this month. Go to tinyurl.com/June2Action for more information.
Best Practices Policy Project encourage activists to join them with signs, wearing purple and/or carrying a red umbrella if you wish (or any other activist symbol from our movement!).