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By Aliya on Mar 29th, 2009

Every sex worker is a human rights defender – that was the conclusion of The First African Sex Worker conference which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 3-5 February, 2009 with more then 150 particpants, including sex workers, activits and representatives from national and international NGO and Development Agencies.

By Aliya on Mar 29th, 2009

In February 2009 SWAN coordinator, Aliya Rakhmetova, took part in an Information Activism Camp in Bangalore, India. Read her short report on the event:

The camp brought together 150 activists and IT specialists from different countries, backgrounds and ages. Women rights advocates, advocates for political rights and freedoms, sex worker activists, environment protection advocates, HIV+ community, video activists, bloggers, journalists and representatives of many other spheres believed that successful ideas can cross borders and be utilized in various contexts and that information technology can do miracles in faster organizing and implementing your campaigns and mobilizing a wider support, local and international. It was amazing and inspiring to learn how many great ideas people generate and how much success depends on the way you package and distribute your message and information!

By Aliya on Mar 29th, 2009

“Its success came from the fact that the campaign was innovative, almost bizarre, and appealing to the youth too. The cause got wide coverage, embarrassing conservatives justifying restrictions on women or religious-infighting among different groups in this diverse country,” says one of articles on Digiactivism. View video here and read a case study of this campaign read below in Sex Workers' Advocacy School.

By Aliya on Mar 29th, 2009

Application deadline: April 15, 2009
An intensive four-week summer programme will be held at The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, between July 7 and 30, 2009, which focuses on the study of sexuality across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team. Among the special lecturers, you will find Petra Timmermans. For further information, including applications, please visit the Summer Institute website.

By Aliya on Mar 29th, 2009

Application deadline is extended, submit your work!
The 5th San Francisco Sex Worker Film, Arts and Music Festival will be held between May 31 to June 7. The event would like to, among other issues, highlight work by and about male sex workers. They are usually socially isolated from one another and from the broader world of sex workers. The organizers hope to provide men a space to come together so that they can meet one another and integrate their voices into the larger discussion. You can apply for volunteer work here.  Also, you can read more here about the festival program here.

By Aliya on Mar 27th, 2009

The Victim Support Europe, the Portuguese Association for Victim Support is promoting Project Victims in Europe - which is co-financed by the European Commission – and currently organizing the Victims in Europe - 23rd Annual Conference of Victim Support Europe. The conference will take place in Lisbon and the language will be English. The purpose of this event is to gather experts and professionals in the area of justice, social matters (civil society organisations) and policy-makers from different countries. It will also be an opportunity to present the framework of existing rights, and debate whether these rights are in fact being implemented in the European Union. It will thus constitute an important opportunity to discuss which rights require further implementation measures, in order to meet the needs of victims of crime. More here or write to victimsineurope@apav.pt or +351 21 315 84 73.

By Aliya on Mar 27th, 2009

Here is an invitation for you to register in a European NGO database, The Communication Platform for Non-Governmental Organization, in which you will hopefully be able to find partners. Visit link http://www.non-gov.org/

By Aliya on Mar 27th, 2009

Signing this petition will help sex workers in Arizona, in the United States. Sheriff Joe has been awful to sex workers. He says it is OK for cops to have sex with sex workers then arrest them, because the cops are protecting the wives of business men who are seeing the sex workers on lunch break. With his influence, the Arizona legislature mandated 15 days jail time for first arrest for prostitution, no diversion, and the 4th arrest is a felony with two years prison. For joining to the petition go to this website here.

By Aliya on Mar 27th, 2009

On his first visit to Africa at the end, Pope Benedict said that "[AIDS] cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems". The Pope's statement is a huge setback to decades of hard work on AIDS prevention, education and awareness. With powerful influence over more than 1.1 billion Catholics in the world, and with 22 million HIV positive Africans, these words could dramatically affect the AIDS pandemic and put millions of lives at risk. Worldwide pressure on the Vatican is starting to show results - sign our urgent petition asking the Pope to immediately stop speaking out against condoms - go to petition page.

By Aliya on Jan 27th, 2009

In several countries SWAN member organizations, sex workers, their friends and supporters, organized collection of signatures on a SWAN petition regarding the November 2008 detention and involuntary HIV and STI testing of sex workers in Skopje, Macedonia.

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