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Community Guide: The Right to Housing and the Unmet Needs of Sex Workers

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. 

Briefing Paper: The Right to Housing and the Unmet Needs of Sex Workers

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.

Infographic: Meeting the Needs and Priorities of Young Sex Workers

Young sex workers (aged 18-29) have diverse needs and priorities. 

This infographic summarises the Briefing Paper: Meeting the Needs and Priorities of Young Sex Workers.

This resource is available above in a screen version and a downloadable print version. It is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.

Community Guide: Sex Workers in Conflict Zones and Humanitarian Crises

This resource is a Community Guide to the Policy Brief: Sex Workers in Conflict Zones and Humanitarian Crises. It provides an overview of the full Policy Brief, and provides key recommendations to ensure that sex workers’ health, safety, and human rights are upheld in the response to humanitarian crises and conflicts worldwide.

Policy Brief: Sex Workers in Conflict Zones and Humanitarian Crises

Conflicts and humanitarian crises, such as natural disasters, pandemics, civil and cross-border wars, and other emergencies, are increasingly impacting communities globally. By the end of 2022, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), reported that 108.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced due to humanitarian crises. Sex workers are disproportionately affected by humanitarian crises and conflicts due to structural barriers and intersecting forms of oppression which increase their vulnerability to violence, economic hardship, and human rights abuses.

“Let’s talk about sex work” – a terminology statement and guide

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. 

Global Fund Basics: Understanding the Role of a Sex Worker or Community Representative on the CCM

This is the sixth video in a series from NSWP called Global Fund Basics.

It is not easy for a sex worker to become a member of the CCM, for a whole host of reasons: stigma, discrimination, criminalisation, prejudice, political manipulation, power dynamics etc. But it is possible. This video looks at the role of a sex worker or community representative on the CCM, from election to serving on the CCM itself.

Global Fund Basics: Programme Essentials

This is the fifth video in a series from NSWP called Global Fund Basics.

HIV Programme Essentials are a list of what should be evidence-based interventions and approaches to achieve the goals set out in the UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026; the 2022-2030 WHO Global Health Sector Strategies on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections; and the 2023-2028 Global Fund Strategy.