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Kyrgyzstan: sex workers and allies’ partnership stopped draft bill punishing sex work

 By Tais Plus Team

In October 2012 Ministry of Interior of Kyrgyzstan has initiated new draft bill to introduce an administrative offence for sex work. (also read background article here).

Tais Plus with numerous allies – organizations and individuals – implemented wide advocacy campaign to stop this initiative of Ministry of Interior. Finance support was provided by Urgent Action Fund. Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ has provided incredibly sounding promotion about all our efforts against new draft bill. Many people worldwide have learnt all our news in real time.

 We mobilized sex workers, allies and organizations actively involved in sex work issues across the country. Public hearing with participation of civil society, government structures representatives and sex workers took place in 6 cities – almost in all regional centres.

Petition calling to stop draft bill was signed by more 1000 people via online and via personal communication on the streets.

Face-to-face communication with parliament members and staff of Ministry of Interior took place during the official meeting of Parliament Committee responsible to review this draft bill.

We were living online almost two months to share our news and to get support. It was a great experience.

Unbelievable support from Human Rights Watch and consortium of international women and sex workers leadership organizations allowed us to show people making decision that our country and our issue is a concern of international human rights defenders.

Finally in February 2013 mass media posted official news about withdrawing draft bill on punishment of sex work on Kyrgyzstan.
Thank you to all supporters. It is not possible to make full list here.