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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

COVID-19疫情是一场前所未有的危机。病毒在短短几个月内就在全世界蔓延,影响了数百万人的生活,深刻改变了我们的生活和工作方式。对于性工作者来说,由于获得紧急基金和基本医疗保健的渠道受到限制,以及突击检查、监视和羞辱的增加,情况变得更加糟糕。

Asociacion de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales(LIQUIDAMBAR)是一个位于萨尔瓦多,倡导全民获得健康服务的组织,公开谈论对性工作者的暴力行为。在我们的COVID-19影响调查中报告了他们在这场疫情中的经历以及它如何影响当地的性工作者。

在萨尔瓦多,由于避孕套和润滑剂、减少危害服务、艾滋病毒治疗和性传播感染检测和治疗的机会减少,性工作者受到了“100%的影响”。在政府的援助计划中,性工作者一直被忽视,许多人面临着不确定的未来。

Posted 25 May 2020 by NSWP

这周,美国境内COVID-19报告病例超过一百万,造成将近61000人死亡。尽管形势严峻,整个国家已经分裂成了两派-一些人渴望(立刻)恢复正常,而另一些人希望继续维持封锁措施。但这场争论中,性工作者被遗忘;由于不被包括在任何政府救济方案中,他们别无选择,不得不继续工作。

Coyote RI (Call off Your Old Tired Ethics. 忘掉你陈腐的道德观念)-是一个罗德岛的性工作者组织,成员包括性工作者,前性工作者以及友好人士,致力于游说警方为参与性工作的人提供健康与安全保障。他们通过我们COVID-19影响调查报告了在美国应对这场危机的经历。

“在罗德岛,我们有数百名舞蹈和水疗工作人员失业,因为该州要求关闭所有非必要的业务。我们(组织中)还有数百名网络援交女郎,为了保护自己,很多人停止工作,但很多人继续接待客户,因为他们负担不起停止工作的沉重负担。”

这种工作带来的压力由于缺乏紧急资金而更加严重。

Posted 25 May 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

在二月末,非洲确诊了第二例COVID-19病例。从那时起,疾病开始在非洲各个地区传播,截至目前有将近32000例确诊病例,导致超过1400人死亡。

在西非国家塞内加尔,性工作者在疫情中艰难生存。这些已经被污名化、生活于社会边缘并且生活窘迫的人暴露于不平等和失去收入的威胁中。

And Soppeku-一个由性工作者领导、致力于推动塞内加尔国内法律和政策环境改变的组织,向NSWP组织的COVID-19影响调查报告了他们在COVID-19疫情中的经历,和这场灾难对当地性工作者造成的影响。

“由于塞内加尔实行宵禁,从晚上8点到早上6点,顾客的数量非常有限。随着国家进入紧急状态,跨区域旅行被禁止,因此,在其原籍地区以外固定场所工作的性工作者受到警察突然搜捕和敲诈勒索的影响。”

Posted 11 May 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。

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

NSWP项目正在开展一项针对性工作者、性工作者组织以及相关群体的调查,来监测和报道COVID-19疫情对他们造成的影响。

据此,我们分享来自全世界不同地区性工作者组织在疫情期间的经验和经历,来对各地政府如何帮助性工作者群体和相关组织以及这个群体自身如何应对这次危机有一定认识。

像全世界许多国家一样,为控制病毒的传播,孟加拉国正处于完全封闭的状态。这次大规模停摆意味着性工作者暂时失去了工作机会,面临生存困境。

“HARC开展了一次简单快捷的测试且发现,目前几乎所有孟加拉的性工作者都没有了收入。”

艾滋病研究和福利中心(HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre,简称HARC)通过这次Covid-19影响调查向NSWP报告了他们的经历。

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