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Sex Work and Feminism: A Guide on the Feminist Principles of Sex Worker Organising

The last decade saw increasing attacks against sex worker communities globally, not only from governments and political actors but also from abolitionist feminist activists. While governments chose to tackle “the issue of prostitution” through punitive, rather than social measures by directly criminalizing sex workers, or indirectly punishing them by offences of drug use and possession, homelessness, hooliganism or vagrancy, abolitionist feminists mobilized and lobbied for the introduction

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A Beginner’s Guide for Sex Workers’ Rights Activists: Pointers on how to handle media myths and frequently asked questions by media representatives

This document has been developed for sex workers’ rights activists as a template on how to approach some of the most commonly asked questions by media representatives. It can be intimidating for activists with no experience to work with journalists and you might not feel confident enough to engage with them. But sex workers have the real-life knowledge from their experiences, and this makes them an expert

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COVID-19 crisis impact on access to health services for sex workers in Europe and Central Asia

This assessment on the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers’ access to health services in Europe and Central Asia was developed by the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) and the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) through consultations with their membership. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and Central Asia, sex workers have reported extreme concerns with the dramatic impact on their

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Sex Work Legal Frameworks in CEECA

Legal frameworks designed to control and regulate sex work have undergone major transformations in the last three decades in CentralEastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA). These changes are largely due to turbulent political events defining the modern history of the region, such as the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Additionally, in 2004, 2007, and 2013 eleven Central and Eastern European

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Nothing About Us Without Us!: A brief guide on meaningful involvement of sex workers and their organisations in Central-Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The global sex worker movement has been advocating for the meaningful involvement of sex workers in the design, development, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation in programming, research, legislation, and policy-making for decades. In 2017, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) held an expert meeting with sex workers from all over the world to determine criteria for the meaningful involvement of sex workers, and to develop

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How to Engage in Global Fund Supported Processes on National Level

This community guide was developed through the “Regional Civil Society and Community Support, Coordination and Communication Platform – EECA”. The EECA regional platform is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria within the Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Special Initiative together with 5 other Regional Platforms from different parts of the world. As knowledge is power, communities in the region and worldwide have

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FAILURES OF JUSTICE: State and Non-State Violence Against Sex Workers and the Search for Safety and Redress

SWAN presents “FAILURES OF JUSTICE State and Non-State Violence Against Sex Workers and the Search for Safety and Redress”: A Community Based Research Project of SWAN in Central and Eastgern Europe and Central Asia This publication is about sex workers’ experiences of state and non-state violence, and hindered attempts to access justice in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The study was undertaken in sixteen countries

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A Guide for Sex Workers Human Rights Defenders

SWAN proudly presents “A Guide For SEX WORKER HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS”. This publication is aimed at sex workers of all genders and backgrounds, sex worker projects, human rights organizations and advocates. It contains practical information on how to start human rights documenting projects, to organize human rights campaigns and to use formal human rights mechanisms. In this booklet you can find among others: – different models of human

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“Stronger Together” – a new publication for sex workers and their allies on addressing violence

SWAN releases “Stronger Together: Addressing Violence against Female, Male and Transgender Sex Workers in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  This booklet is aimed at sex workers, sex worker groups, organizations working with sex workers, women’s groups, drug users’ groups, LGBT groups, human rights organizations and other friends who want to know more about efforts to prevent and respond to violence against sex workers. We are sharing

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REPORTING FROM THE SHADOWS: Using CEDAW to Advocate for Sex Workers’ Rights in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia

SWAN is proud to announce our new publication ‘REPORTING FROM THE SHADOWS: Using CEDAW to Advocate for Sex Workers’ Rights in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia’. This booklet is aimed at sex workers, sex worker groups, organizations working with sex workers, women’s groups, drug users’ groups, LGBT groups, human rights organizations and other allies who want to know more about advancing recognition for sex workers’ rights

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To See Our Power

This booklet is a compilation of articles that were written for the SWAN, the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network of Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2007, I had the great honour of being asked by the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) of the Open Society Institute (OSI) to work for SWAN. At my first SWAN meeting, in Kiev in the spring of 2007, I

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Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

To mark December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia is releasing its new report, Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The report is based on interviews with more than 200 male, female and transgender sex workers

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