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‘Rights not Rescue’ Mama Cash meeting in Amsterdam, November 10

Recent laws and policies put in place to protect sex workers have in fact resulted in widespread abuses of their rights. Programmes aimed at sex workers often attempt to ‘rescue’ them, without addressing their human rights. Despite enormous challenges, sex workers are calling for legal reform and programmes to end violence and discrimination. They advocate for safer working conditions and access to health care. They want rights not rescue. On November 10 Mama Cash will give the floor to sex workers and activists from around the world for a discussion about sex work and human rights.

The panel discussion features Ruth Morgan Thomas (Scottish Prostitutes Education Project), Pye Jakobsson (Rose Alliance, Sweden), Marianne Jonker (Soa Aids Netherlands) and Macklean Kyomya (WONETHA, Uganda).

Moderator: Marjan Sax.

Mama Cash is organising the event in cooperation with the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). Date: Tuesday, November 10

Location: De Balie, Amsterdam Grote Zaal

Time: 20.00 – 21.30

Language: English

Download the flyer for this event.

03/11/2009 at 10:36 Leave a comment

New Ugandan sex worker organisation founded

Women’s Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy released the following information on their newly founded organisation:

Women’s Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA) is a  Ugandan sex worker led organization established in August 2008 by 3 passionate and determined sexworkers who have faced harassment, insults, stigma, discrimination and arrest without trial by misinformed societies and who have been stirred into  responsive action concerning the plight of other sexworkers in the same working conditions. (more…)

02/07/2009 at 07:46 4 comments

Ain’t I a woman? Sex work and feminism

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.

(Read more…)

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


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