2006 -APNSW Premieres “One Whore” Advocacy Song at IAC in Toronto, Canada

In 2006, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) premiered the karaoke-style, sex worker advocacy song “One Whore” at the International AIDS Society conference in Toronto, Canada. The song parodies the U2 track “One” and addresses issues surrounding the administration of US President G. W. Bush, including the infamous “anti-prostitution pledge.” … More 2006 -APNSW Premieres “One Whore” Advocacy Song at IAC in Toronto, Canada

Pornpit Puckmai Wins Human Rights Defender Award

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2005, Pornpit Puckmai, a Thai sex worker activist and the manager of EMPOWER Foundation’s Chiang Mai office, was awarded with the first annual human rights award by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. Pornpit received the award for her activism in defending the rights of women. … More Pornpit Puckmai Wins Human Rights Defender Award

2003 “Making Sex Work Safe” – Hong Kong, PRC

A “Making Sex Work Safe Asia Pacific” event was held in Hong Kong in October 2003. The event was hosted by Zi-Teng, a sex workers advocacy organisation supported by Oxfam Hong Kong. Participants came from the People’s Republic and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Australia, China, Thailand and Myanmar. The workshop was … More 2003 “Making Sex Work Safe” – Hong Kong, PRC

2001 – “Making Sex Work Safe” at the International Congress on Aids Asia Pacific (ICAAP), Melbourne

Participants at the first meeting of the Making Sex Work Safe Asia Pacific series decided to create a visual and performance based version of the Making Sex Work Safe handbook. … More 2001 – “Making Sex Work Safe” at the International Congress on Aids Asia Pacific (ICAAP), Melbourne

2000 – Bangladesh High Court Rules in Favour of Evicted Sex Workers

In 1999, police evicted Bangladeshi sex workers in Tanbazar and Nimtali from their workplaces and confined them in a centre for homeless people … the Bangladesh High Court ruled that the sex workers were deprived of their livelihood by being evicted from their brothels, and that this amounted to a deprivation of the right to life. … More 2000 – Bangladesh High Court Rules in Favour of Evicted Sex Workers