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Macedonia: You Must Know About Me. Stop the violence against sex workers.

December 17 is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and our featured video comes to you from Macedonia, where local NGO Healthy Options Projects Skopje (HOPS) partnered with WITNESS this year on a campaign to end violence, marginalization, and criminalization of sex workers.

In Macedonia, as throughout the world, sex workers are pushed to the margins of society by a combination of prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Yet, the fact that a person sells sexual services cannot be used as justification for the denial of their fundamental rights, to which all human beings are entitled.

You Must Know About Me brings first-hand accounts of sex workers’ experiences and aspirations on and off the streets. As the video shows, the fact that a person sells sexual services cannot be used as an excuse to deny their fundamental human rights. The video calls for zero tolerance of violence against sex workers, who face harassment and abuse from clients, pimps, and police and who strive to counter hostile public attitudes by speaking out and fighting for their rights. The video was screened to the highest ranking Macedonian law enforcement officials in October.

To learn more about the campaign - and to see behind-the-scenes videos of the trainings in Macedonia since the beginning of the partnership - visit the HOPS landing page.

To learn more about the rights of sex workers, read this post by Violeta Krasnic and explore these videos about the issues facing sex workers around the world.

You Must Know About Me is available in English, Russian and Macedonian (http://hub.witness.org/en/YMKAM)