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By ekaterina on Jul 14th, 2016

A regional training on the SWIT (Sex Worker Implementation Tool) took place in Budapest on 21-25 June 2016. Teams from 7 countries attended the training: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia. Among them were female, male and transgender sex workers.

By ekaterina on Jun 2nd, 2016

Today, 2nd of June, sex workers and their allies celebrate the International Sex Workers’ Day. On this day in 1975, after massive police reprisals, about 100 sex workers and their supporters occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, protesting against their criminalised and exploitative working conditions, discrimination and abuse by law enforcement.

By ekaterina on May 18th, 2016

During the night of 17th to 18th of May, Viacheslav Datsik and his supporters illegally raided a brothel (known as a “salon” in Russia) in St Petersburg where 10 sex workers were working. The salon was on the 11th Line of Vasilyevsky Island. He broke down the door and under the threat of beating the women working there he forced them to undress completely, and then took them to the police naked. He managed to carry out an attack on a similar establishment in central St Petersburg, but he was detained by the brothel’s security guards and was taken to the police station.

By ekaterina on Apr 14th, 2016

The French Parliament passed a bill on the 6th of April, 2016 which makes it illegal to pay for sex in France. Selling sex remains legal. The bill passed 64 to 12 in the National Assembly, France’s lower house, with 501 deputies abstaining from the vote.

Under the new law those who pay for sex will face fines of up to 1,500 Euros for the first offence, and up to 3,750 Euros for subsequent offences. They may also be required to attend a stigmatising course to raise awareness of the harms of ‘prostitution’. The law on “public solicitation” has been abolished.

By ekaterina on Mar 16th, 2016

As Macedonian civil society organisation HOPS reports, sex workers in Macedonia have been awarded protection against the unlawful treatment of the police and the criminal court for the second time.

By ekaterina on Mar 14th, 2016

A SWAN member, who is also a sex worker and an activist is interviewed for opendemocracy.net

By ekaterina on Mar 8th, 2016

SWAN Foundation is seeking a responsible, accurate and communicative person for a part-time position of Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will be working under the direct supervision of the Operations Manager and is responsible for managing SWAN office procedures and other tasks assigned by Operations Manager and Executive Director.

By ekaterina on Mar 3rd, 2016

          We, the Sex Workers Rights Network in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia, join the global movement and use this day to draw attention to the continuous violations of sex workers rights in our region and globally.

By ekaterina on Mar 1st, 2016

…She has made everything beautiful in her time…

By ekaterina on Feb 23rd, 2016

The UNAIDS 2016-2021 strategy is calling for decriminalisation of sex work, same sex acts, HIV transmission, and drug use.

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