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By Guest on Sep 30th, 2009

This article highlights some of the issues surrounding identity and transgender people that came up in during the ICCAP meeting in Bali, Indonesia. According to Kartini Slemeh, under-education and discrimination make the transgender community one of the most vulnerable in the fight to prevent further HIV/AIDS cases. Social inclusion and acceptance, while a still a long ways away, are at the heart of fight against HIV/AIDS, especially in the transgender community.

By Guest on Sep 30th, 2009

The sex workers of ICAAP 2009 are demanding the inclusion of multiple languages at ICAAP 2011. In their opinion, ICAAP is wasting resources bringing so many people together without providing adequate translations for non-English speakers and not having culturally sensitive translators. They also oppose the use of English as the dominant conference language. They also want to a sex worker committee to oversee sex work related abstracts and scholarships for 2011. In their estimation, sex workers should be more involved in sex worker issues in the conference.

By Guest on Sep 30th, 2009

A four-day meeting of leading health experts was convened seeking to repeal many outdated laws criminalizing prostitution and homosexuality as an effort to secure medical treatment for people who are at risk or suffering from HIV/AIDS. Fear, stigmatisation, and discrimination have plagued high-risk groups since the 1980s and little has changed in the last 20 years. Experts agree that the criminalisation of sex work, illicit drug use and sex between men seriously hamper prevention and support efforts. no less than social change is needed to strengthen the potency of the medical gains made in coping with the pandemic. Addressing the human rights deficit will be the next big fight in AIDS/HIV prevention work.

By Aliya on Jun 22nd, 2009

May 23, Australia -- In a lead up to its major Fundraising campaign, the Salvation Army of New South Wales Australia, launched an offensive add on May 22nd 2009. It read: "To get Rick out of prostitution, we had to resort to smuggling. This is the door that saved his life. When Rick left a message on a computer screen inside our Oasis van we had to act fast. Disguised as a client, we picked him up, took him to the airport and flew him interstate to one of our rehab centres, miles away from the heroin and hustling…”

By Aliya on Jun 19th, 2009

May 18, 2009, Vancouver -- In Canada, Protitution Alternatives Councelling and Education society will offer sex workers training sessions o how to deal with the media and reporters during the 2010 Olympics.

By Aliya on Jun 19th, 2009

May 22, 2009, Vancouver -- An organization in Canada looks to the Swedish model of criminalizing clients in order to keep women from becoming prostitutes during the 2010 Olympics.

By Aliya on Jun 19th, 2009

May 01, 2009 -- Women's groups in Kenya have started a week-long "sex strike", in an attempt to press the country's leaders to resolve rifts and work together.
Ten non-governmental organisations urged women across the nation to boycott sex with their husbands and partners along with a statement calling for reforms in government and action on promoting women's rights.
 

By Aliya on Jun 19th, 2009

30 Apr 2009, CHENNAI -- Leading up to the end of the country-wide elections, sex workers in India publicly called for policies and measures to make their situations better.

By Aliya on Jun 19th, 2009

April 4, 2009, Accra -- Here is a quick look at some issues facing sex wokers in Ghana.

By Aliya on Jun 18th, 2009

March 31, 2009, London - The UK has recently passed the Policing and Crime bill which allows the state to seize property of a sex worker, even if there is no conviction, and makes ‘keeping a brothel used for prostitution’ a criminal offence. There are many other unintended evils for sex workers associated with this bill and why the sex workers rallied in London.

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