Sex worker groups around the world hold events and actions to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day, which is held annually on 3rd March.
1 March 2024
Dunja Mijatović, the Commissioner for Human Rights, has released a comment piece calling for the protection of sex workers’ human rights by prioritising their safety, agency and bodily autonomy. The comment piece also calls for decriminalisation, stating that “consensual sexual relations between adults for remuneration should not be criminalised”.
22 February 2024
On 17th December each year, sex workers around the world mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The day is used to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex workers often vary from region to region, due to different laws, social and cultural contexts, but one common issue faced by all sex workers is their vulnerability to and experience of violence.
19 December 2023
This resource is a Community Guide to the Briefing Paper: The Right to Housing and the Unmet Needs of Sex Workers. It provides an overview of the full Briefing Paper and shares key recommendations.You can download this resource above. This resource is available in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.
21 February 2024
The right to housing is fundamental to international human rights and is essential for ensuring an adequate standard of living. It is protected under international human rights law and includes safeguards against discriminatory eviction and the provision of legal remedies for those facing forced eviction. However, sex workers often experience violations of their right to housing due to criminalisation, stigma, and discrimination. Their access to housing is restricted by barriers such as lack of identification or documentation, bank accounts, or proof of income.
21 February 2024
Many people are influenced by judgemental and sensationalist narratives and language in the media around sex work, and by the words of those who would deny sex workers a voice. The language used is rarely neutral or unbiased, most often it is discriminatory, stigmatising, disempowering, and offensive.Words are important because they shape the way people see and make sense of the world and the people around them. By changing the words we choose to use when talking about sex work, we can begin to alter the way wider society views sex workers and sex work.
18 January 2024