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By maria on May 14th, 2015

The Association of Hungarian Sex Workers (SZEXE): Controversial regulation, police brutality, hatred of society and forced isolation bring sex workers into difficult situations. Instead of persecuting them, their exploiters should be traced. An answer to the media reaction to the recent murder of a 19 year old Hungarian sex worker.

By admin on Jul 4th, 2014

July 1, Budapest - SZEXE, a Hungarian organization that stands to unite and protect interests of sex workers in Hungary, hosted conference “Nothing about Us without Us!”. The aim of the conference was provide safe space for Hungarian sex workers to tell their view and opinion on current situation with sex work in Hungary and the recent move of European Parliament to criminalize clients of sex workers. Besides journalists, politicians, civil society organizations and academia, among the invited were supporters of a campaign Europe without Prostitution and anti-trafficking organizations.

By admin on Dec 20th, 2013

Our sex worker colleague's, Bella's message to fellow sex workers in the world. She has been an amazingly active sex worker activist for years.

By admin on Jul 1st, 2013

We have recently published an article, detailing participation of SZEXE, Hungarian Association of sex workers, in CEDAW hearings. Even though the fact and the conclusions reached by the Committee did not become the center of attention back home, some of the Hungarian media decided to engage into conversation. Below is an article from the communist newspaper Nepszava reporting on SZEXE and CEDAW shadow report.


By admin on Jun 24th, 2013

The Association of Hungarian Sex Workers recently represented Hungarian sex workers at the 54th Session of CEDAW, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in Geneva, in February 2013. By using the submission of a shadow report and active advocacy at the session , the Association achieved a landmark success in its history: the Committee recommended that the Hungarian government ‘adopt measures aimed at preventing discrimination against sex workers and ensure that legislation on their rights to safe working conditions is guaranteed at national and local levels’. 

By admin on Feb 21st, 2013

Application deadline: February 28, 2013.
Where: Summer School of Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary
When: 15-19 June, 2013

Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.

By admin on Dec 17th, 2012

December 17, 2012. Budapest - SZEXE, the Association for the Rights of Sex workers has held a discussion and a screening of a film about sex workers in Hungary. "Where is the Truth?" features sex workers and their allies who describe the working conditions and safety issues of sex workers and how they affect their lives.

With the support and technical expertise of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), the SZEXE team hopes to demystify the air around sex work and to bring more attention to what human rights violations sex workers face in their everyday life.

The 40-min film will soon be available in English and Russian.

Visit SZEXE website here: http://szexmunka.hu/

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By admin on Dec 15th, 2011

By Anna-Louisa Crago
What is the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (GCHL)?
It is a commission put in place by the UN to study the impact of different laws on HIV-prevention, treatment and care. It also studies the impact of laws on discrimination and violence against people living with HIV or at high-risk of HIV.

The commissioners are a group of highly respected individuals and experts from around the world and include former heads of state, judges and policy experts. They are advised by a committee of technical experts with extensive knowledge about HIV and the law.

The commission is particular because it is independent of the UN. That means that the commissioners can come to their own conclusions, even if coutries within the UN or UN workers disagree with these.

What does the GCHL have to do with SWAN?

Individuals and groups from the CEE/CA, as well as other regions,were invited to submit testimony about the impact of different laws and HIV. SWAN submitted a submission that tried to include experiences from all across the region. Many other SWAN groups individually submitted such as HOPS (Macedonia), Lega-Life (Ukraine) and HESED (Bulgaria).

By admin on Dec 15th, 2011

By Marija Tosheva, HOPS

In late June, 2011 the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, hosted a meeting in Budapest for 30 delegates from the countries of Central and South East Europe (SWAN was also represented), with supporters from Western Europe, to launch the Network of Low Prevalence Countries in Central and South East Europe – NeLP (http://nelp-hiv.org/budapest-declaration).

By admin on Oct 4th, 2011

SWAN is seeking a responsible, accurate and communicative person for a part-time position of Administrative Assistant.

Application deadline: October 10, 2011
Read Terms of Reference here.

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