SWAN members from Poland, Macedonia, Russia, Turkey, Slovakia and Ukraine commemorated the 17th of December with different events.
On December 17 SWAN members held different local actions to raise the awareness and commemorate International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) have organized a 3 days long Community Mobilization and Media training for sex workers that took place on December 5-8, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. There were 10 sex workers at the training, who came from the countries of SWAN region, majority of which do not have formal or informal groups of sex workers yet.
On December 1, 2015 a number of SWAN members joined the commemoration of the World AIDS Day.
On Thursday, October 15, 2015, CA Odyseus managed to have a work meeting with the representatives of the police in Bratislava about sex work, violence and human rights.
The police do not want to hear them, the doctors do not want to examine them, they are not served in the restaurant. Women working as sex workers face a lot of problems. It is not just about physical violence from a customer that was experienced by almost every one of them. They also suffer from the public prejudices and uncomfortable judgements. That is why Odyseus launched a campaign called "End of violence, time for rights".
How would you react if you find out that a woman, who you know, earned money by providing sexual services? Would you discard her or would you accept her voluntary choice of profession? Comedian Evelyn, who decided to support campaign of civic association Odyseus about violence against women working in the sex industry, also asked herself this question.
Civic Association Odyseus has issued a press release to commemorate the 17 December - International Day against Violence against Sex Workers.