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ICW Global Speak Up

26th September

Nothing For Us Without Us


The Global Network of Sex Worker Projects Calls on UN Women for meaningful Consultation with Sex Workers.

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) supports The Global Network of Sex Worker Projects (NSWP) in their advocacy efforts rallying a call for UN Women to engage in a meaningful consultation with sex workers as they develop their policy on sex work that respects the agency and self-determination of sex workers.

The UNAIDS Joint Program on AIDS, of which UN Women is a Co-Sponsor, already has a sex work policy that is founded in UN Human Rights treaties, and which was developed following a meaningful consultation process with sex workers and other stakeholders.

NSWP in their petition is asking UN Women to engage in a meaningful consultation with sex workers in developing their policy on sex work.

NSWP states that UN Women in their current e-consultation is biased towards those with privilege and will exclude the majority of sex workers in the global south who have limited access to the Internet; most of whom are not literate in the colonialist languages of the United Nations and are not familiar with UN treaties and documents that guide UN Women, and around which their consultation is framed.

NSWP believes it is essential that sex workers are provided with opportunities to meaningfully engage in consultations that will impact upon them.

In light of sex workers experiences with such harmful policies NSWP offers UN Women a draft framework for a human rights affirming approach to sex work for consideration and further consultation during the development of their policy.

Please support NSWP call by signing and sharing NSWP’s Petition here!


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