Today marks the 12th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For twelve years, sex workers have used this day to highlight the need for action 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.
Sex Workers Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) mourns the sudden and untimely loss of Elena Tsukerman, the leader of Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian League “Legalife”, who passed away on December 13 in Kyiv.
The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) and NSWP have hosted a training on sex worker advocacy and the implementation of rights-based HIV/STI programmes in Budapest, Hungary. The participants - from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Georgia - discussed the barriers sex workers face when advocating for their rights and the possible solutions to these barriers based on the SWIT tool.
An interview by Natalia Zholnerova to "Svoboda Slova" Kazakh newspaper about "Ameliya" and HIV/AIDS.
On December 1, 2015 a number of SWAN members joined the commemoration of the World AIDS Day.
On December 1st, the World AIDS Day, SWAN would like to show its support for people living with HIV, commemorate people who have died from AIDS, and raise awareness on correlation between discriminatory, criminalizing and harmful laws and practices and increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.