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Event Locations in the World - International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

2014 Events

This year, we anticipate December 17 events will take place numerous cities around the world.

To submit your event commemorating International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, click here.


A Call to Action and a Community Healing Event - International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

This event will be held from 6 to 8 pm at Streetwise and Safe, on the 4th floor of the 
Miss Major-Jay Toole Building for Social Justice
147 West 24th St. 
New York, NY 10011

near the C/E/N/R/1/F and PATH trains

RSVP and event details on Facebook

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International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers SWAN – ICRSE joint statement

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Today, 17th of December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.


The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers is observed annually on December 17 by sex workers, advocates, friends, families and allies. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination which contributes to violence against sex workers.

Zi Teng Statement on the 12th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Every year sex workers groups all over the world organises different activities to memorise the victimised sex workers, and to increase the public concern over sex workers.

Remembering International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers 17th December 2014

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In the spirit of remembrance and healing, sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognising December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. We seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this year, and renew our commitment in the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.

Activists Urge the AP to Adopt “Sex Work”

The Associated Press (the world’s largest newsgathering organisation, based in New York City) is accepting suggestions for the 2015 version of its stylebook, a writing style guide for journalists. The stylebook is updated annually to reflect changes in writing style and new guidelines, and this year sex worker activists are urging the organisation to drop “prostitute” in favor of the preferred “sex worker.”

Red Umbrella Project Launch Report on New York’s Trafficking Courts

Launched in September 2013, New York’s Human Trafficking Courts (HTICs) are the first statewide human trafficking intervention within a justice system in the United States. The courts function as a “diversion” programme by connecting those arrested for prostitution to mandated social services rather than incarceration. Defendants who complete a mandated programme can have their case dismissed and sealed, provided that they are not rearrested within six months.

The Swedish Law to Criminalise Clients: A failed experiment in social engineering


In 1999, the Swedish government embarked on an experiment in social engineering1 to end men’s practice of purchasing commercial sexual services. The government enacted a new law criminalizing the purchase (but not the sale) of sex (Swedish Penal Code). It hoped that the fear of arrest and increased public stigma would convince men to change their sexual behaviour. The government also hoped that the law would force the estimated 1,850 to 3,000 women who sold sex in Sweden at that time to find another line of work.

Police seize sex workers and men believed to be gay in Tajikistan’s new ‘morality’ campaign

Amnesty International has called on Tajikistan to immediately cease a campaign of harassment and violence against people accused of “moral crimes”.