European December 17 Activities – SWAN-TAMPEP-ICRSE

SWAN and ICRSE – regional networks of sex workers projects in Europe and Central Asia are releasing a joint statement for the 17th of december calling for an end to ALL forms of violence against sex workers in Europe and Central Asia, and worldwide.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Flash mob Red umbrella performance in the most frequent walking area in Sarajevo.
Bulgaria: 16th of December – a meeting with stakeholders on reducing stigma against sex workers, 17th of December – launching a campaign of INDOORS project, community actions such as outreach and peer training on mobilization and peer support. www.hesed.bg
Czech Republic: ROZKOS bez RIZIKA invites the public to join and meet up on 17 December, at 3 pm at Perlova Street, to walk with red umbrellas through Prague city center up to the Vrchlickeho park. Contact: [email protected], web: http://www.rozkosbezrizika.cz/
 
England – London: Art exhibition (photography, video, illustration and poetry) opens on Friday 13thDecember and end on Tuesday 17th December at the University of London Union in Malet Street. Opening times are 11-5 daily. Public event on 17th including movie and testimonies by sex workers and start at 7.30pm. Contact: [email protected]
France: Paris – demonstration start at 7 pm, Place Pigalle.
Toulouse – Film and debate http://toulouse.demosphere.eu/rv/7159
Hungary: 17th of December – an empowerment community workshop and public action with candles, red umbrellas and promotional materials in the walking areas of Budapest.
Kyrgyzstan: Between December 1st and December 17th, Tais Plus and the Sex-Worker Network “Shah-Aiym invite you to join and to see what our life is like by:
• Exploring the city at night and seeing the real life situations that sex workers face;
• Coming to the Living Library and hearing sex workers’ personal stories about their working experiences and the challenges they face;
• Enjoying the exhibition of sex workers’ arts and crafts;
• Admiring our children’s drawings.
Macedonia: 
STAR – STAR: 16th of December , the exhibition “Sex Work into Art”, 17th of December, the march of Red umbrellas in the main city square. Contact: [email protected], web: http://starsexwork.org/.
HOPS: 10th – 17th of December, drop in center, Skopje – a week of thematic workshops on rights issues and empowerment, 17th of December, drop in center, Skopje – a community organized party and joining the red umbrella march organized by STAR –STAR. Contact:[email protected], web: www.hops.org.mk
Opcija: Drop in Center, Ohrid – community workshops, media interviews on raising awareness and visibility of the issues of sex workers. Contact: [email protected], web: http://www.opcijaohrid.org.mk/
Netherlands: commemoration by the Belle statue in the Red Light district. Time: from 5 pm until 10pm
Place: By the Belle statue, but the base is by PIC (Prostitutie Informatie Centrum), Enge Kerksteeg 3, 1012 GV Amsterdam.
 
Romania: Letters of concern to all Police stations in Bucharest and the Parliament, social media campaign for public (website, facebook, blog), empowerment community campaign – two weeks campaign through outreach services and promotional materials (red scarves with a messages, printed cards on the rights of citizens). http://www.arasnet.ro/
Russia: “For bread and freedom” exhibition which will take place on December 17, at the SAKHAROV CENTER, Moscow, Zemlianoi val st. 57, building 6 between 1and 5 PM. http://www.silver-rose.org/
Scotland: Short films and testimonies by sex workers at 7.30pm on 17th of December at African-Caribbean Centre, 66 Osborne Street, Merchant City, Glasgow.
Scotland’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, by SWOU & SCOT-PEP
Serbia: 17th of December, European Center for culture and debate, Belgrade, between 17h and 21h – panel discussion. Contact:[email protected]
Slovakia: Social media campaign, outreach services including distribution of Christmas gifts and small calendars with 3 different messages related to ending the violence and sex workers rights, press release based on a “sex workers testimony” and media interviews exposing the rape of sex workers as increasing phenomenon in the last period. www.ozodyseus.sk
Turkey: A press meeting in Ankara and a press release to inform the media and the public regarding the level of violence sex workers experience in Turkey. Producing and distributing of community videos to raise awareness and visibility on the issues of violence. Contact:[email protected]org
Luca Stevenson
National Organiser, Sex Worker Open University UK www.swou.org
Coordinator, International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe www.sexworkeurope.org

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