Ain’t I a woman? Sex work and feminism

28/03/2009 at 10:10 Leave a comment

From March 12-14 sex workers and violence against women advocates met in Bangkok, Thailand. The ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ meeting aimed to forge stronger connections between sex workers’ and violence against women’s movements.

The dialogue was organised by CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, India) and PLRI partner CASAM.

One outcome of the meeting was the conceptualisation of a campaign titled ‘Ain’t I a Human? Where are We?’ The campaign aims to bring violence against women within the purview of human rights, labour rights and international organisations and donors. The campaign, which will be virtual, will involve:

* A secondary research study on violence against women initiatives to look for gaps in relation to sex workers’ rights and to make suggestions based on this research;
* The production of a briefing paper on sex workers’ rights that can be used as an advocacy tool nationally and globally;
* A petition and open letter on sex workers’ rights that can be sent to international organisations, donors and the media;
* The generation of greater awareness in the public sphere on sex workers’ rights through creative media such as film clips, print media and interactive websites.

Kathambi Kinoti has written a report of the meeting for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) website.

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