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15 Years of the Sex Worker’s Rights Advocacy Network – Community Mobilization and Capacity Building in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

SWAN marks its anniversary by releasing a report. It highlights our successes and achievements over the past 15 years.

Do you sum up your year? We do! New Year Eve, the ending of one year and the beginning of another, inspires us to look back, especially when it goes about our anniversary year.

For the past 15 years, we have been advocating and promoting the human rights of sex workers. We mark it by sharing with you our journey at a glance, including milestones, achievements, publications, and how SWAN has evolved since 2009.

At the moment, you can access the report here and learn more about how our vision has led us to some accomplishments. 

– a region where our input is recognized and where sex workers are acknowledged experts on issues that directly affect their lives and livelihoods. 

The ’15 Years’ tells our history that inspired us to advance sex workers’ rights. It shares impact, results and quotes our members and partners on connecting and learning. In addition, with this report tells how SWAN collaborated to create spaces that give sex workers opportunities to talk, demand, and mobilize.

Staša Plećaš, our Executive Director, commented that ‘although we continue to face challenges in our work and there are still strides in meaningful involvement of sex workers, today we demonstrate what can be achieved as we come together as a community.’ 

We could not make it without the immense support, inspiration, and friendship we received from our members, many sex workers, activists, organizations, and allies from all over the region and world. We also express our gratitude to our funders’ support that enabled us to act on our vision. 

To recall, our vision is

– sex workers can live their lives without stigma, discrimination, and human rights abuses

– a world where sex worker voices are heard and respected, and

We express our gratitude for the power and endurance we engulfed through our community and supporters.

We are truly stronger together. 

“15 Years of the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network” Report is available in English, and Russian.

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