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Leela Neena wants the price of sex raised, not ARV.
‘The criminalisation of homosexuality and the exclusion of illegal drug users and sex workers from health services have made more difficult the tailoring of interventions to these populations”
This statement can be read as the Pepfar compliant position : “it is Ok for sex work to be illegal so long as we can HIV test sex workers and tell them they are responsible for making their clients use condoms’
Well that may be cynical but this statement seems to me to be yet more evidence that the stage is being set for the UN to recommend that homosexuality be decriminalised but not sex work, in line with US policy and the misperception or ideology that sex work is trafficking (or they are so entwined that no morally responsible person would consider decriminalising sex work).
It is very worrying to see even the Lancet separating homosexuality out from other relevant criminalised behaviours in this way. As Matt Greenall says ” if it is possible to achieve Universal Access for sex workers and drug users even in contexts of criminalisation, then surely it is also possible to do so for men who have sex with men in the context of criminalisation? From a public health and service provision point of view, I don’t understand the logic behind the different positions in each case. As programme managers, service providers and outreach workers all know, any sort of criminalisation severely compromises the ability to deliver programmes – it’s not worse for some groups than for others.”( http://mngreenall.posterous.com/aids-universal-access-and-the-lancets-equivoc)
The following illustrates that while one part of the UN talks about removing laws against sex work to help with the HIV agenda other parts are recommending harsher laws against sex work.
In a general debate of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs) of the General Assembly addressed issues pertaining to the advancement of women. Close to 110 delegations made interventions stating that gender equality and the empowerment of women should be a flagship agenda for development by the international community. As a basis for discussion the Committee had the reports of the Secretary General before them….
Delegations welcomed the adoption of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons which promotes a human rights-based, gender and age sensitive approach in addressing factors that make people, especially women and girls, vulnerable to trafficking. They said that the transnational trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is based on treating human life as a commodity that facilitates “the supply of victims from sending countries and the demand for victims in receiving countries”. Laws against prostitution, child pornography and sexual exploitation need to be strengthened in order to better protect women and children. It was said that “The human person is not something to be traded for any purpose”. Egypt announced the organization of an International Forum against Human Trafficking in Luxor next December with the aim to promote dialogue, highlight priority issues and mobilize the highest level of political support to engage in concrete actions to combat trafficking.
I was co-chair of the Global Village which was a great privilege and pleasure. Everyone was so committed and keen to make the best of the opportunities the Global Village presents. The global Village sessions were amongst the best at the conference. Many of the networking zones were set up as seminar spaces in which very rich discussions were held independently of the conference system for choosing topics and speakers.
The opening ceremony was the highlight of the whole conference for me. We had an ambitious idea to present communities and their messages and it worked as perfectly as chaos can. That no-one expected anything expect chaos was key to its success. This picture of the opening is one of my favourite of the conference, partly because of the faith message at the front. At each conference I meet wonderful people from faith based organisations that make a point of telling us that they oppose the stigma and anti-sex policies that threaten the lives of so many people. (more…)
The XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 18 to 23 July 2010. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. The conference organisers also see it as an opportunity to highlight the critical connection between human rights and HIV.
In the past the conference has provided a forum to hear about new HIV initiatives for sex workers, participate in campaigning and advocacy for sex workers rights and hear about cutting edge research related to sex work.
In order to help facilitate sex worker involvement the Global Network of Sex Work Projects has produced The Curious Sex Workers Guide to attending the 18th International AIDS Conference. The Guide provides information on:
- Submitting an abstract
- Participating in the Global Village
- Travelling to Vienna
- Getting support for attendance
For further information contact the NSWP IAC 2010 Coordinators Faika El-Nagashi and Veronica Munk on email@example.com.
Published by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects Research for Sex Work 11 is online. It’s the only journal like it, with contributions from sex workers, health workers and NGO staff. Articles from India, Mali, Spain, the UK and the US, illustrated with beautiful photographs by Mathilde Bouvard, discuss pleasure and sex work, the failures of raids to help trafficked persons, violence against sex workers and more. This edition is available in French and English.