SWAN has issued a letter of support for Amnesty International’s Resolution and draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work. Please, find the text of the letter below.
We are sad and angry to learn that on July 5th, Kemalita Ördek, SWAN Steering Committee member, LGBTQI and sex workers’ rights activist and the founder of Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Organization in Turkey, was attacked and raped in her own home. Kemalita was subsequently humiliated and discriminated by the police that also failed to secure her personal safety. The perpetrators were set free and therefore Kemalita is in a life threatening situation due to police discrimination and lack of access to justice.
One of the founders of the Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association (Kırmızı Şemsiye), Kemal Ördek, was raped in their home on Sunday. Kemal Ördek shared the following text with LGBTI News Turkey in Turkish and explained the violence, the discrimination, and the fear.
For the first time "Sloboda Prava" participated in the march "Zone free from hatred" that took place on June 27, 2015 in Belgrade on the International LGBTQ Pride Day.
Association of Hungarian Sex Workers SZEXE participated in the Norwegian Pattern Festival "Face to Face NGOs" that took place on June 26-27 in Budapest.
June 17-18, 2015, Kyiv: UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine) in cooperation with the League "LEGALIFE" conducted a training on building awareness of sex workers on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) prevention and their familiarization with WHO/UNFPA/NSWP/World Bank advocated approaches to implementation of clinical and support services packages for sex workers