SWAN members marked the International Sex Workers’ Rights Day on 3rd of March and the International Women's’ Day on 8 of March.
Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association published the Manual for the Ministry of Health in Turkey on Provision and Management of Health Services for Sex Workers in Turkey.
Here you can find a series of five publications about sex workers' rights violations in Turkey.
SWAN members from Poland, Macedonia, Russia, Turkey, Slovakia and Ukraine commemorated the 17th of December with different events.
Kemalita Ördek, the executive director of the Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association, a transgender sex worker and human rights activist, was violently attacked by 3 criminals in her house in Ankara in July 2015. All 3 attackers were found guilty and sentenced.
Violent attacks against transgender people in Turkey continue unabated. Hande Kader, a 23-year-old transgender woman based in Istanbul, disappeared a little over one week ago. Her friends and partner filed a missing person’s report. Hande Kader’s burned and mutilated body was found in Zekeriyaköy (district of Istanbul) by the side of the road, reported the LGBTI News Turkey.
On December 17 SWAN members held different local actions to raise the awareness and commemorate International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
On December 1, 2015 a number of SWAN members joined the commemoration of the World AIDS Day.
Transgender woman stabbed in her heart lost her life in Haramidere, Avcilar-Istanbul on December 2, 2015.
Nilay, a trans woman sex worker was found dead November 23 in her own house in Maltepe, Istanbul, several days after Transgender Day of Remembrance. Police response to an Istanbul LGBTI activist who requested information was “Already dead, why do you care?”