Sex workers’ rights activists and groups , as well as allies and partners, from all over the world have come together on the 17th of December to mark the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. Members of SWAN have also joined the international campaign with public marches, street actions,, flashmobs, videos, conference and statements.
Text of the joint statement can be found below:
SWAN releases "Stronger Together: Addressing Violence against Female, Male and Transgender Sex Workers in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
PROI from Bosnia and Herzegovina have issued their press release to mark 17 December - the International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers with a Facebook campaign titled "Red Umbrella".
Civic Association Odyseus has issued a press release to commemorate the 17 December - International Day against Violence against Sex Workers.
A regional workshop on using CEDAW to advance the rights of female sex workers on national and regional level was organized by SWAN in partnership with IWRAW on 14-18 November in Istanbul, Turkey.
Members of Sex Workers’s Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) have approved the new Network strategy at the recent Network meeting that took place in Budapest on 15-16 October 2014.
After an information campaign launched by Russia's "Silver Rose", Russian police officer Vladimir Sharapov who had beaten up a drug user sex worker to death in Saint Petersburg in July 2012, was sentenced to 8 years of prison and obliged to pay one million in rubles to the murdered sex worker's mother.
On 25-26 September 2014 HOPS-Healthy Options Project Skopje in Macedonia conducted a training for 14 police officers on the British Merseyside 'Ugly Mugs Scheme' aimed at protecting sex workers from violent offenders through cooperation with police.
We are currently inviting applications for the position of the Executive Director of SWAN Foundation, Budapest, Hungary.
SWAN conducted an awareness raising photo flash mob at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, where participants of the conference were informed about the major police crackdown on sex workers in Tajikistan and their forced HIV testing. Along with learning about the situation in Tajikistan from the specifically prepared call for action (see below), participants posed with posters of support, demanding that forced HIV testing of sex workers in Tajikistan is stopped and that sex workers' rights in Tajikistan are respected.
Sex Worker Rights Advocacy Network deeply grieves the loss of more than 100 AIDS activists, researchers and health workers, who were on the MH 17 flight to Kuala Lumpur, bound to Melbourne to participate in the International AIDS 2014 Conference. At this incredibly sad time SWAN stands with its international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those, who have been lost to this tragedy.
Silver Rose is now getting ready to submit an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg regarding the Russian court decisions.
July 1, Budapest - SZEXE, a Hungarian organization that stands to unite and protect interests of sex workers in Hungary, hosted conference “Nothing about Us without Us!”. The aim of the conference was provide safe space for Hungarian sex workers to tell their view and opinion on current situation with sex work in Hungary and the recent move of European Parliament to criminalize clients of sex workers. Besides journalists, politicians, civil society organizations and academia, among the invited were supporters of a campaign Europe without Prostitution and anti-trafficking organizations.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, SWAN Steering Committee and Secretariat wants to celebrate your strength, power and your commitments to advance the rights, equality and freedom of choice for all women.
We wish you fresh ideas, energy and strong partnership in our joint struggle for human rights for all!
SWAN Steering Committee and Secretariat send their support to Bishkek Feminist Initiative (SQ) and would like to encourage the activists to stay strong and continue their important work in promoting women's rights among the people of Kyrgyzstan. The attacks against these activists should stop and perpetrators should be prosecuted!
More than 560 civil society organisations and 70 researchers tell the European Parliament to reject a report on prostitution by Mary Honeyball, MEP for London, which promotes the criminalisation of clients of sex workers, in an upcoming plenary session on February 27th.
Sex Workers Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) joins the sex workers movement across the world in mourning the sudden and untimely loss of Andrew Hunter,the founder and a president of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and founder of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW).
Our sex worker colleague's, Bella's message to fellow sex workers in the world. She has been an amazingly active sex worker activist for years.