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By Aliya on Jan 26th, 2009

December 17 campaign sparked media interest in the situation sex workers experience in other countries in the region. Several Serbian media noted the red umbrella march and exhibition in Skopje and commented on forced STI testing action in November.  Macedonian media on their side reported about issues sex workers face in Albania.

By Aliya on Jan 22nd, 2009

The sixth annual national meeting of NGOs working with sex workers was held on December 5 - 7 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The aim of the meeting was to exchange information and work experiences.

By Aliya on Jan 22nd, 2009

STAR, Macedonian sex workers organization, issued on December 17 the third issue of the newsletter From us to Us. Supported by HOPS, SWAN member from Macedonia, the newsletter provides sex workers with possibility to speak up about fun, health, safety and human rights.

By Aliya on Dec 16th, 2008

More then 30 sex workers, clients, mediators and one social worker from HOPS, SWAN member from Macedonia, detained in a massive raid; involuntary STI tests performed; civil society says human rights seriously violated

Coalition for Protection and Promotion of Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities (HOPS, HERA, MASSO, MHRN, STAR, IZBOR) excoriates the last “coordinated action for suppression of street prostitution” of the Office of Interior (SVR), Skopje, Macedonia, and finds serious indications of severe procedural mistakes, misuse of official activity and flagrant violence of the basic human and health rights of the persons (sex workers) detained, as well as their direct discrimination on the ground of their work as sex workers on open scene. More

By Aliya on Dec 16th, 2008

SWAN members have sent letters of protest to Macedonian government. But your support is also needed. Please download the letter of support here, put your logo, sign, and fax or email to the listed officials. Thank you!

By Aliya on Dec 10th, 2008

Sex workers in Skopje, capital of Macedonia, issued this winter first two numbers of a community newsletter entitled “From us to us”. More

By Aliya on Dec 10th, 2008

In the latest issue of the SWAN News we wrote about the seminar on sex work organized in September for media reporters in Slovakia. In the meantime, similar seminars were organized in November in Macedonia and Serbia. More

By Aliya on Dec 10th, 2008

By Arielle Reid, SWAN

December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers is round the corner and all SWAN members are planning some sort of action. Some of us are preparing massive public campaigns, some are planning distribution of Declaration of right of sex workers, in some places there will be parties for sex workers, or red umbrella marches. Here are some simple campaigning ideas that do not cost much and can have strong echo in the society. More

By Aliya on Dec 10th, 2008

International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific facilitates the participation of women in the CEDAW review process through the programme “From Global to Local”. They assist women’s organisations in preparing shadow/alternative reports and facilitate the presence and effective intervention by NGOs at the CEDAW sessions. Here is how you can take part in the process. More

By Aliya on Dec 10th, 2008

International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) and TAMPEP (European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers) have posted online resources by and for sex workers and sex worker rights advocates. More

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