Sex workers assess implementation of SWIT

Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) held a five-day “SWIT” regional training from 24-28th April 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants came from Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Myanmar and China. During the regional training participants shared their experiences of how many SWIT-related activities are currently happening in their countries. … Despite the SWIT being published in 2013, and being a WHO reference document for public health policy, it is clear many states in Asia and the Pacific have not yet engaged with these guidelines. … More Sex workers assess implementation of SWIT

Authorities in Hanoi, Vietnam, plan ‘Biggest Crackdown Ever’ for 2017

Authorities in Vietnam are reported to be planning their “biggest crackdown ever”against the sex industry in 2017. They say the want to help sex workers find new jobs. However, organisations such as ILO Vietnam have pointed out that this approach fails to address the needs of sex workers and ignores the findings of research. … More Authorities in Hanoi, Vietnam, plan ‘Biggest Crackdown Ever’ for 2017

India: Over 2000 sex workers sign National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) Statement, 25 Jan 2017

The National Network of Sex Workers has released a statement challenging the conference being organised by the “The Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution International (Cap Intl).” The statement has been signed by over 2000 sex workers in India who reject the conflation of trafficking with sex work, and the conflation of sex work with violence. … More India: Over 2000 sex workers sign National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) Statement, 25 Jan 2017

SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part One)

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers in collaboration with Organisasi Perubahan Sosial Indonesia (OPSI) conducted a national training in Jakarta from 15-17 November 2016. The training focused on the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) – a guide for implementing comprehensive HIV/STI programmes with sex workers, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). … More SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part One)

Resourced and organised: achieving formal recognition of sex workers’ skills in Australia

The Scarlet Alliance National Training and Assessment Program (SANTAP) provides a unique example of how sex workers have pro-actively responded to stigma, discrimination, and ignorance about our profession. … More Resourced and organised: achieving formal recognition of sex workers’ skills in Australia

“Making education safe for all” in Sonagachi, India

Sex workers in Sonagachi, West Bengal, in India have taken a number of initiatives to improve education of sex workers and sex workers’ children. They include adult literacy and numeracy classes for sex workers, primary schools for young children of sex workers, a boarding hostel with private tuition for older children, and a co-operative banking system. … More “Making education safe for all” in Sonagachi, India

APNSW facilitates Global Fund training in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

APNSW in collaboration with Friends Frangipani, held a three-day training in Port Moresby from 17-19 October 2016. Thirty-two (32) sex worker community members took part in learning more about the Global Fund (GF), its structures and mechanisms, and how to engage effectively at the country level. … More APNSW facilitates Global Fund training in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Taiwanese Sex Workers Protest for Decriminalisation

On the 18 of October, COSWAS, sex workers and allies held a protest outside the Taipei City Government. Protesters asked for the decriminalisation of sex work, for an end to illegal entrapment practices targeting sex workers, and for the government to stop ignoring sex workers. They are asking for safe and legal places to work. … More Taiwanese Sex Workers Protest for Decriminalisation

APNSW and VNSW host Global Fund Training in Hanoi, Vietnam

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) in collaboration with the Vietnam Sex Workers Network (VNSW) organised a training from the 22-24 August in Hanoi, Vietnam on the Global Fund. Seventeen sex workers representing 12 sex worker-led organisations from across the nation attended the training. … More APNSW and VNSW host Global Fund Training in Hanoi, Vietnam