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National Network for Sex Workers’ Rights Established in Lithuania

In July this year, the Coalition I Can Live, the SWAN Network member from Lithuania, initiated establishment of a national contact network of organizations concerned about sex work issues in this Baltic country. The establishment of the network has attracted attention of the leading national media and initiated public discussion about the rights of sex workers.

So far the following organizations joined the Informational Network on Sex Workers’ Rights Issues (further– the Network): Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Vilnius Centre for Skin and Venereal Diseases, two women’s associations, one community center, NGO providing services to children who suffered sexual abuse and commercial exploitation, and Coalition “I Can Live”, which spreads information among its members, thus widening the Informational Network.

Establishment of the Network attracted attention of leading national media. Tree Lithuanian daily newspapers published articles about the project - Vakarų ekspresas, Klaipėda, and Lietuvos rytas. National Lithuanian Radio interviewed Chairman of the Board of the Coalition, Girvydas Duoblys, about the Network and its aims, and numerous news portal websites published information about the Network and its aims.