Regional updates: Europe

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Red Umbrella Fund are looking for two sex workers or strong allies from somewhere in North America and Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Red Umbrella Fund is the first-ever global grantmaking collaborative guided by and for sex workers. Red Umbrella Fund is guided by an International Steering Committee (ISC) made up of sex workers and donors. The ISC decides the grantmaking criteria, approves the annual budget and makes other strategic decisions.

10th May 2021 by NSWP

An open letter from Decrim Now calling on UK MPs to oppose further criminalisation of sex work has received over 150 signatures. NSWP have joined organisations such as Amnesty International, Liberty, Freedom United, Stonewall and Sisters Uncut in adding their support to the sex worker-led call, as have unions including GMB and United Voices of the World, and celebrities including FKA Twigs.

12th April 2021 by NSWP

The International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), one of NSWP’s Regional Networks, have released a joint statement with 8 other European organisations calling for the decriminalisation of sex work in Malta.

18th March 2021 by NSWP

NSWP member organisation Trans United Europe – founded to unite the networks of European operating Trans BPOC NGOs and individual BPOC trans activists living and working in Europe – have reported on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Trans BPOC people in Europe through NSWP’s COVID-19 Impact Survey.

24th September 2020 by NSWP

New Generation Humanitarian NGO, an NSWP member organisation based in Armenia, have been providing temporary shelter, food packages, and legal support for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

13th August 2020 by NSWP
A black background with white text. It says, "Police officer talking to sex worker. At police department."

The Russian Forum of Sex Workers, an NSWP member organisation, have shared a video of a police officer addressing a sex worker at a police station in Russia. 

5th August 2020 by NSWP

30th July is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Sex Workers Alliance Ireland circulated this press release illustrating that Ireland is not utilising its best weapon against sex trafficking: sex workers themselves. You can read the full release on SWAI's website.

30th July 2020 by NSWP

A new law criminalising clients has come into effect in Israel. The law, which was approved a year and a half ago by the Knesset, punishes those caught seeking the services of sex workers, as well as those apprehended in a location chiefly used for sex work.

14th 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.

6th July 2020 by NSWP

我们正在分享5篇关注当下健康危机的文章,它们基于NSWP组织所处的5个不同地区对COVID-19影响调查的回答。这些简单的回复为我们了一个渠道来了解当地政府正在采取哪些措施来支持性工作者组织以及性工作者,还有哪些不足。

世界卫生组织在三月份宣布欧洲成为全球新型冠状病毒爆发的“疫情中心”。截至目前,北马其顿共和国一共报告其境内有超过1200例确诊病例。 在这次危机中,北马其顿的性工作者的痛苦是几乎“无形”的;不同于其他国家,性工作者在疫情期间的遭遇已经被新闻媒体报道,北马其顿的个各种报道完全没有涉及这个群体。这种情况使这个国家的性工作者被置于“贫困与孤立无援”的境地;一些人失去了他们租住的房子,另一些正在变性过程中的性工作者“无法继续获得荷尔蒙治疗”。北马其顿弱势工人支持协会(The Association for Support of Marginalized Workers,STAR-STAR) 在我们的COVID-19影响调查中报告了他们在疫情中的经历。

6th May 2020 by NSWP