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NSWP facilitated a delegation from member organisations to attend the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This delegation aimed to amplify the voices of sex workers’ rights advocates in a space where fundamental feminists and abolitionist groups often dominate discussions about sex work, which do not reflect the diversity of sex workers’ lived experiences and realities. In this context, the conflation of trafficking and sex work is used to promote policies that undermine the rights of sex workers. CSW is an important space within the United Nations that should promote the respect, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of all women, including sex workers.

The 63rd CSW session theme of social protection and access to public services is particularly important to sex workers. NSWP members raised the profile of sex workers’ rights as women’s rights by presenting at CSW side events organised by UN agencies and member states. They lobbied country missions, attended NGO side events organised by sex workers’ organisations, allies and the opposition.

Contents include:

  • Preparation, Planning and Alliances
  • Sex Workers’ Voices at CSW:
    • UNFPA and UNDP Side Event: ‘Let’s Talk About Sex Work’
    • ‘Free to Decide, Free to Choose’
    • ‘Donor Dialogue’ @ Open Society Foundations
    • Side Event: ‘Advancing sex workers’ right to social protection’
    • Side Event: ‘Preventing Trafficking of Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation’
    • Parallel Event: ‘Twenty Years of Prohibition of the Purchase of Sexual Services’
    • Parallel Event: ‘Movement-building in the 21st Century’
    • Parallel Event: ‘Rights for Resilience: Decriminalising Sex Work’
  • Reflections on CSW

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