Briefing Note: Sex Workers' Participation in Public Life


The right to participation in public and political life is enshrined in international human rights law. Broadly, ‘public life’ refers to the realm in which political processes and activities occur. Participation in public life can be formal or informal, taking place from the grassroots to global levels. Through diverse forms of engagement in public life, sex workers have successfully influenced policies, programmes, practices, and discussions which affect their lives. However, significant barriers remain to ensuring sex workers’ meaningful participation in public life and decision-making processes.

This Briefing Note has been produced to provide information relating to the theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). In March 2021, CSW65 will be held virtually to explore women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

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