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By maria on Dec 14th, 2015

Sex Workers Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) mourns the sudden and untimely loss of Elena Tsukerman, the leader of Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian League “Legalife”, who passed away on December 13 in Kyiv. 

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Dec 11th, 2015

The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) and NSWP have hosted a training on sex worker advocacy and the implementation of rights-based HIV/STI programmes in Budapest, Hungary. The participants - from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Georgia - discussed the barriers sex workers face when advocating for their rights and the possible solutions to these barriers based on the SWIT tool.

Ukraine
By maria on Dec 5th, 2015

On December 1, 2015 a number of SWAN members joined the commemoration of the World AIDS Day.

Ukraine
By maria on Oct 2nd, 2015

On September 18, 2015 an MP registered a draft law on the legalization of sex work in Ukraine in the Supreme Council of Ukraine without consulting with sex workers.

Ukraine
By maria on Sep 1st, 2015

As Amnesty International adopted policy on decriminalization of sex work, the police keeps on busting more places in Kyiv where sex work is done, and more politicians and authorities start discussing legalization of sex work in Ukraine, this topic gets more public attention nowadays.

Ukraine
By maria on Aug 20th, 2015

On August 3, 2015, Kirovograd oblast branch charitable organization "All-Ukrainian League «Legalife»" made changes in its name and its statute documents, hence became an independent organization.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Aug 10th, 2015

On 7-9 of June 2015 the All-Ukrainian League "LEGALIFE" held the training in Kiev on team building and leadership for activists of the young initiative sex workers' groups from the regions.

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By maria on Jul 17th, 2015

Ukrainian National TV channel 24 visited Elena Tsukerman from All-Ukrainian League “Legalife” in Kiev, made a 1,5 hours interview, the journalists discussed serious topics with Elena, and they even tried to dig deeply in these topics. As a result, they have made a 4 minutes long video on the topic of legalization of sex work in Ukraine. You can see the video (in Ukrainian and Russian) here. You can read the transcript of the video in English, as well as Elena’s comments below.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Jun 22nd, 2015

June 17-18, 2015, Kyiv: UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine) in cooperation with the League "LEGALIFE" conducted a training on building awareness of sex workers on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) prevention and their familiarization with WHO/UNFPA/NSWP/World Bank advocated approaches to implementation of clinical and support services packages for sex workers

Ukraine
By ekaterina on May 30th, 2015

The money from this activity, in the case of legalization will replenish the state budget, according to the MP.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on May 28th, 2015

An interview of Elena Tsukerman to Dafna Rachok and "Politychna Krytyka (Political Critique)" online magazine about "Legalife" and on situation of sex workers in Ukraine

Ukraine
By ekaterina on May 15th, 2015

This information was shared by a number of mass media in Ukraine and Russia. Below, you can find an article by “Korrespondent”, comments by the representatives of All-ukrainian League ‘Legalife’ and further investigation by “Road Patrol”

Ukraine
By ekaterina on May 10th, 2015

All-Ukrainian League "LEGALIFE" activist Irina on the problem of violence against sex workers by the police.

Ukraine
By admin on May 14th, 2012

By Elena Tsukerman,

Head of the charity organization "All-Ukrainian League Legalife"

While the officials from the Ministry of Interior and Ukrainian politicians state that they are not ready to start a dialogue with sex workers, apparently because they are “above” this, a British MP Lord Norman Fowler not only talked to me, a representative of the sex worker community, but has also agreed that sex work is work!

Ukraine
By admin on Dec 19th, 2011

ForUm, December 16, 2011:

The most common form of violence against women in Ukraine is psychological violence. The journasilst of ForUm was invited to a press-conference dedicated to issues of human rights and tolarant treatment of women who provide sexual services.

Irina Demchenko, the director of the analitical center "Socioconsulting" announced the findings of the research done by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine. The survey involved 300 sex workers and 42 managers. (read the article in Russian below)

Ukraine
By admin on Dec 15th, 2011

By Aliya Rakhmetova
Beginning of November 2011, Ukrainian Verhovnaya Rada (a supreme body similar to Parliament) reviewed a bill on changing the legislation around ‘prostitution’. In the background note, Mogilev, the Minister of Interior, writes that the reason for the reform is the fact that existing legislation is not working (news article link http://cripo.com.ua/index.php?sect_id=10&aid=125635 ).

Ukraine
By admin on Dec 14th, 2011

Aliya Rakhmetova, SWAN Coordinator: I met Vantala (her nickname) at the International AIDS Conference. She came there with the drug users' community from Ukraine and was mostly participating in discussions around harm reduction and drug use in the region. She is a human rights activists, who supports rights of drug users and sex workers. So I thought it might make sense to look into the reality in which sex workers who use drugs live in Ukraine. The interview was held in Russian and I took short notes, so I hope I didn't miss anything.

AR: Tell me about yourself.
V: When there was nothing to sell or steal from home to support my drug habit, I had to think about other ways to find money. By the looks men gave me it was obvious that I was attractive. So I started to provide sexual services… It wasn't difficult. I knew about sex from movies. After getting paid I would go to the other end of the city to my dealer to buy drugs. The next evening everything started again.
Surprisingly, in 3 years of my sex work experience I never was harassed by the police. Maybe my expensive outfit looked more like a young girl going to a party?

Ukraine
By admin on Nov 8th, 2011

Beginning of November 2011, Ukrainian Verhovnaya Rada (a supreme body similar to Parliament) reviewed a bill on changing the legislation around ‘prostitution’. In the background note, Mogilev, the Minister of Interior, writes that the reason for the reform is the fact that existing legislation is not working (news article link http://cripo.com.ua/index.php?sect_id=10&aid=125635 ).

Ukraine
By admin on Mar 7th, 2011

By Marija Tosheva, HOPS, Macedonia

On July 20, 2010, the second day of Vienna conference, SWAN organized an oral session on Sex work, mobility, migration and human rights in Europe and Central Asia. 6 experienced activists from the region, members of SWAN and TAMPEP networks, had a chance in front of an excellent audience to challenge and start a discussion on vulnerabilities and structural barriers faced by mobile and migrant sex workers to better health and human rights.

Ukraine
By admin on Mar 7th, 2011

July 18-23, Vienna, Austria – This year sex workers and allies from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia had a chance to talk about barriers and issues that sex workers face in their countries, to show what groups and organizations have achieved in addressing the pandemics and violations in their region. The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) was represented by 11 activists from Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Montenegro, a team of young and energetic volunteers from Odyseus, Slovakia and a performance group from Bliss without Risk, Czech Republic.

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