NSWP Formal Response to UN Women Consultation

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NSWP has formally replied to UN Women's consultation "seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution." This letter, sent to UN Women on the 21st of September, 2016, includes NSWP's responses to the three questions asked by UN Women in their online consultation. In addition to this letter, NSWP has published an online petition calling on UN Women to meaningfully include sex workers in the development of their policy on sex work. NSWP has also provided UN Women with a Draft Framework for a UN Women Human Rights Affirming Approach to Sex Work in response to UN Women E-Consultation.

The content of the letter includes responses to the three follow questions:

  • Question 1: the 2030 Agenda commits to universality, human rights and leaving nobody behind. How do you interpret these principles in relationship to sex work/trade or prostitution?
  • Question 2: achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girlsThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out to . The SDGs also include several targets pertinent to women’s empowerment, such as reproductive rights, women’s ownership of land and assets, building peaceful and inclusive societies, ending the trafficking of women, eliminating violence against women. How do you suggest that policies on sex work/trade/prostitution can promote such targets and objectives? 
  • Question 3: the sex trade is gendered. How best can we protect women in the trade from harm, violence, stigma, and discrimination?

You can download this 4 page PDF letter above. This letter is available in English.