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By admin on Dec 17th, 2012

Following the call of the European Women Lobby “Together for a Europe free from prostitution”, the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and Sex Worker’s Rights Advocacy Network of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN) is shocked at the silencing of sex workers’ voices in the debate, the unethical use of biased statistics and the conflation of trafficking with sex work. Worst of all, the EWL promotes laws and policies that heighten the repression of sex work and in so doing directly threaten sex workers’ safety and human rights.

By admin on Oct 9th, 2012

A unique conference, called From Sexbusiness Back to the Labour Market?, is being organised for October 16-17 by ROZKOŠ bez RIZIKA.

By admin on Sep 7th, 2012

Open Letter in Support of Sex Workers Who Were Arrested
Posted on September 4, 2012 by Sex Workers Action Group

" Some extremely concerning events have recently taken place in this communty in regards to the street based sex workers. Mid-August, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service’s Street Team with the assistance of Patrol Services have wrapped up an initiative targeting street based ‘prostitution’ in the city’s downtown core. This initiative included an undercover operation running from Monday, August 13 to Thursday, August 16. As a result of this initiative, nine females have been arrested and a total of 19 criminal charges have been laid.

In reviewing the media coverage, we were shocked and disturbed to see that the women’s full names and home addresses had been published. Reportedly fuelled by community complaints about ‘aggressive solicitation’ and ‘women residents’ being mistaken for ‘prostitutes’ in the long stigmatized Albert and Gore Street neighbourhood (where the main stroll is located), the arrests and articles continued. An all-time low coming when one of the women was scoped out and rearrested by an undercover officer in the same neighbourhood, with local media republishing not only her name and address, but also the ‘nitty gritty’ of her alleged offers of sexual services and attempts to negotiate safer sex (this in a relatively isolated Northern community of 75,000 people).

By admin on Apr 3rd, 2012

Zawadi Smartlove and her friends travel all over the world to tell people about the importance of the female condom. Zawadi is a paper doll, and there are thousands more like her. She is the heart of the Female Condom Paper Doll Campaign of the Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme . UAFC started in 2008 with the aim of making female condoms accessible, available and affordable to all. In 2011 UAFC worked with 40 partner organizations from all over the world on the Paper Doll Campaign. Because of its success, this campaign will be continued in 2012 and we would like to invite you to join us.

By admin on Mar 30th, 2012

the alternative International AIDS Conference 2012 event for sex workers and allies.
21 to 27 July 2012 | Swabhumi, Kolkata, India.

US government travel restrictions for sex workers mean that many of us will not be able, or will not want to go to the IAC in Washington this year. The Sex Worker Freedom Festival is an alternative event for sex workers and our allies to protest our exclusion and ensure the voices of those excluded are heard in Washington.
The festival programme will focus on freedoms that we are all entitled to:

  • Freedom of movement and to migrate;
  • Freedom to access quality health services;
  • Freedom to work and choose occupation;
  • Freedom to associate and unionise;
  • Freedom to be protected by the law;
  • Freedom from abuse and violence; and
  • Freedom from stigma and discrimination.

Read more on NSWP website.

By admin on Mar 20th, 2012

Part-time position (2 years term)

Application Deadline: April 10, 2012
Start date: May 10, 2012

The Advocacy Officer is primarily responsible for managing and implementing SWAN’s advocacy work, based on the strategic objectives outlined in SWAN’s 2011-2013 strategy. This includes but is not limited to contributing to SWAN’s annual planning, advancing SWAN’s advocacy priorities and projects, fundraising for advocacy work in collaboration with SWAN’s Executive Director, contributing to advocacy capacity building of SWAN’s staff and members, proactively monitoring and responding to advocacy openings for SWAN and its members as they arise, building and maintaining advocacy-related partnerships and representing SWAN in external human rights, sex worker, HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights and other relevant forums as needed for the implementation of SWAN’s strategic objectives.

The Advocacy Officer will be managed by and report to SWAN’s Executive Director and will work closely with SWAN’s Communications Officer.
Read announcement here.

By admin on Dec 13th, 2011

Dear All,
The situation in Romania on violence, abuse and criminalisation on sex work and sex workers impact very seriously sex workers human rights. And ARAS is among the very few NGOs still funded and fighting, in all the fields related to prevention of violence and human rights.
In this context, at December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, for the first time in Romania, ARAS intends to send the attached letter to authorities and the media.
Please, support our letter and send the name of your organization by December 15th to included into the list of signatures.

The more we are, the more visible our action will be.

Thank you very much,
Nicoleta Dascalu

TO READ the Open Letter click here.
TO SUPPORT the Open Letter write to nicoleta.dascalu@arasnet.ro ; liana.velica@arasnet.ro ; aras.bucuresti@gmail.com

By admin on Jun 30th, 2011

In this issue read:
*STAR opens its new office to involve more sex workers
*Find out the meaning of the terms sex worker and sex work
*Confession of a sex worker (an interview with a Serbian sex worker who works in Vienna.
Read in Macedonian

By admin on Jun 23rd, 2011

Join New Tactics, Jane Barry and other practitioners for an online dialogue on Being Well and Staying Safe: Resources for human rights defenders from June 22 to 28, 2011.

Human rights work is a powerful and fulfilling vocation. And it is equally hugely challenging for human rights practitioners. The nature of this work exposes defenders to distressing and threatening situations. The need to take care of one’s self is extremely important, as is the need to take care of, protect and support each other. Human rights defenders cannot be well without being safe. Likewise, they cannot truly be safe without being well.

By admin on Apr 27th, 2011

Issue 1 of 2011 features:
*  an interview with an HIV positive person, who tells the readers about his life and illness, warning sex workers to always use a condom and to pay attention to their health, no matter what requests they get.
* an article about the current grant from Mama Cash won by SZEXE.
* a short report from SZEXE legal aid provider on the new legislation on misdemeanors and its effects.
* history of Easter
* professional tips for sex workers
* a reports on a garbage collection campaigns, with photos. The campaign aimed at clearing the territories where street sex workers are active, in order to make local residents more tolerant towards sex workers and to make sex workers more aware of their environment and the damages they may cause to it through littering, throwing away plastic bottles, condoms and other garbage.
* a call for participation in its newly launched project under TAMOP program, with support from the European Social Fund and the Hungarian governement, aiming for holding health prevention events for sex workers.

Read in Hungarian here.

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