VACANCY announcement: Media and Communications Officer – deadline extended to April 18, 2014

Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) is looking for an active, ambitious and creative candidate for the position of Media and Communications Officer to further develop visibility of SWAN and its members regionally and nationally and to bring better attention to sex workers’ rights, needs and issues of human rights violations in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia. Position requires strategic thinking, commitment to social justice, ability to work in a team as well as individually, availability to travel.

8 MARCH: International Working Women's Day

 Dear colleagues,

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, SWAN Steering Committee and Secretariat wants to celebrate your strength, power and your commitments to advance the rights, equality and freedom of choice for all women.
We wish you fresh ideas, energy and strong partnership in our joint struggle for human rights for all!

In solidarity,
SWAN Secretariat

SWAN in Solidarity with Feminist Collective in Kyrgyzstan

 SWAN Steering Committee and Secretariat send their support to Bishkek Feminist Initiative (SQ) and would like to encourage the activists to stay strong and continue their important work in promoting women's rights among the people of Kyrgyzstan. The attacks against these activists should stop and perpetrators should be prosecuted!


 More than 560 civil society organisations and 70 researchers tell the European Parliament to reject a report on prostitution by Mary Honeyball, MEP for London, which promotes the criminalisation of clients of sex workers, in an upcoming plenary session on February 27th.

Mourning the death of Andrew Hunter

 Sex Workers Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) joins the sex workers movement across the world in mourning the sudden and untimely loss of Andrew Hunter,the founder and a president of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and founder of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW).

December 17 - Hungary: sex worker address viewers

Our sex worker colleague's, Bella's message to fellow sex workers in the world. She has been an amazingly active sex worker activist for years.


In this column, SWAN News publishes articles that could help sex workers rights advocates in their daily work: how to challenge the myths surrounding sex work, how to fight abolitionists, how to work with media, communicate, create an effective message and get it across.

Tips on Using the Media for Our Purposes
New approaches can be invaluable in sensitizing a hostile public or achieving a shift in the tone of the media coverage of sex workers. The most important factor in having good media relations and a fair coverage is to nurture good working relations with a group of journalists. But even insensitive journalists can be educated or „tamed”, if we can offer them something in return for their cooperation. More


SWAN Vacancy: part-time Project Coordinator


SWAN is looking for an open minded, creative and responsible candidate for the position of Project Coordinator to further develop SWAN’s mentorship program to equip sex worker leaders with necessary tools for national and international activism. Read full description of responsibilities and requirements here.

Submission deadline: April 18, 2014


Tell to Members of European Parliament to

say NO to criminalization of clients of sex workers
The European Parliament’s Committee on Gender Rights and Women’s Equality, FEMM, has approved a report that recommends criminalizing clients of sex workers. The report will be up for European Parliament vote on 27 February 2014. Sex workers are speaking out against this recommendation and call on allies in the women’s, human rights, harm reduction movement (and others) to give support and speak out against the criminalisation of clients of sex workers as well. More..


Ukraine: June issue of LILIT now available online

Read next issue of Lilit, a magazine by and for sex workers in Ukraine. This issue features poetry, update on national and international events, a legend about Love and Insanity and practical advice how to boost your organism's immunity. Read here in Russian.


Common Human Rights Violations Experienced by Sex Workers
Prepared by Open Society Public Health Program, this document pairs common violations experienced by sex workers with relevant provisions of major human rights treaties. The violations included in this document were reported by European and Central Asian sex worker organizations and advocates, who are members of the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN).
Download PDF file in English.
Download PDF file in Russian.


"Don't intervene in our bodies, identities or professions!"

Red Umbrella Association, Turkey

Quotes of the Month

The majority [ of sex workers] ]would prefer to be in control of their own health, and rightly so. Our argument is: testing should be related to risk rather than a defined timeframe.

— Sue White, Inner South Community Health Service, Australia
Melbourne Weekly

Picture of the Month

December 17, 2013 - Odyseus, Slovakia


OSI Public Health Program