From 18 to 23 July 2010, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), together with sex workers and allies from nearly 40 countries, gathered at the 18th International AIDS Conference, in Vienna, Austria.
With red umbrellas that were visible at plenary, in sessions, on stage and at protests throughout the week, sex workers demanded that donors, governments, policy makers, researchers, and other key players recognise and support the human rights of sex workers.
AIDS 2010 had taken on the promotion and protection of human rights as central conference theme.
“Rights Here, Right Now” was the slogan to emphasise the right to dignity and self-determination, to equal access to health care and to life-saving health programmes.
In line with this focus, the NSWP had adopted “Only rights can stop the wrongs” to call for the recognition of sex workers’ rights as human rights.