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By ekaterina on Dec 31st, 2017

The sex workers led organization Silver Rose from St Petersburg, Russia, has published a security guide for sex workers. The guide was developed by sex workers with the financial help of the Global Fund.

By ekaterina on Dec 17th, 2017

17 December 2017 marks the 14th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For fourteen years, sex workers around the world have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex workers often vary from region to region, due to different laws, social and cultural contexts, but one common issue faced by all sex workers is their vulnerability to and experience of violence.

By ekaterina on Dec 7th, 2017

Every year on 1st of December the world marks World AIDS Day. This year, SWAN together with ICRSE issued a joint statement and SWAN members marked the day with various different events.

By ekaterina on Nov 30th, 2017

To mark World AIDS Day 2017, SWAN and ICRSE, two regional networks for sex workers’ rights in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia join individuals, organisations and other networks in uniting in the fight against HIV globally, and remembering those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Together, SWAN and ICRSE are publishing this joint statement to continue to highlight the key issues sex workers face in relation to health and HIV. We invite sex workers and allies in our region to join us in marking #WorldAIDSDay by including these HASHTAGS on social media and help us raise awareness of the importance of sex workers’ rights in the fight to end HIV and ensuring nobody is left behind!

By ekaterina on Oct 23rd, 2017

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) recommended that Russia decriminalise sex work on 6 of October 2017, in their concluding observations to Russia’s sixth periodic review. This recommendation was the result of advocacy by SWAN members Silver Rose, a sex worker organisation in St. Petersburg, and New Life from Ekaterinburg.

By ekaterina on Aug 15th, 2017

On June 27-29, 2017, SWAN members of All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization «LEGALIFE-UKRAINE» and "Tais Plus" (Kyrgyzstan) took part in a sex workers' organization meeting in Amsterdam. The meeting was organized by Aidsfonds, and sex workers from 11 countries have attended (Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa, Nigeria, Myanmar and the Netherlands). NSWP and the Red Umbrella Fund also attended the meeting.

By ekaterina on Jul 26th, 2017

On 25th of May, 2017, new SWAN members Red Umbrella Athens (Greece) together with Hellenic Association of People Living with HIV “Positive Voice” have organized a conference on policy issues regarding sex work in Greece. It was very successful as for the first time this topic was discussed by representatives from the government, political parties, civil society, sex workers and scientific community.

By ekaterina on Jul 5th, 2017

Global Fund is leaving Macedonia this year in June. It means that most of the services will be closed or reduced to minimum if the Government doesn't provide financial support. Healthy Options Project Skopje - HOPS started a  campaign for securing sustainability of harm reduction programs in Macedonia with various activities - petition, meetings with Ministry of Health, press conferences, social media campaign, a video.  The key focus are harm reduction programs for drug users, but wider focus are all programs targeting key populations - sex workers, MSM, PLWHA.

By ekaterina on Jun 29th, 2017

On June 24, 2017, in Moscow, "Silver Rose" took part at the Second Conference held about the violation of labour rights of vulnerable groups "Protecting the rights of vulnerable groups in the labour sphere". It was attended by over 70 people, including 29 speakers.

By ekaterina on Jun 12th, 2017

Three men who have attacked Kemal Ördek (LGBTI activist and Chair of Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association)  are sentenced to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment for the attempted robbery.  The defendant, who Ördek has accused of raping her, is acquitted of sexual assault. All three defendants were sentenced for 7 years and 6 months in prison for the crime of attempted robbery.

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