Global Event List 2017

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FLORIDA                                                                                                                                                            Contact Information: Sex Workers Outreach Project, Tampa Bay Area Chapter                                    Local Contact: Jill McCracken, [email protected], 512.415.0603 .                                            SWOP Tampa Bay’s Cabaret Fundraiser in Honor of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.                                                                                                                                                                       On Sunday, December 17th, 2017, Tampa will join more than 20 other cities in the United States and 40 cities internationally to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year, local organizers are planning a cabaret—to include a documentary film screening, burlesque show, and open mic— to raise awareness about the violence sex workers face. The event is will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 8pm to 11pm, at the Mermaid Tavern, 6719 N Nebraska Ave,Tampa, Florida                                                                                                                                              Known as December 17th, the event originated as a response to the sentencing of Gary Ridgeway who confessed to murdering more than 70 women over two decades. Most of Ridgeway’s victims were sex workers, and their murders initially went largely uninvestigated, allowing Ridgeway’s violence to continue. Ridgeway mentioned he targeted the community “because I thought I could kill as many as I wanted without getting caught.” A memorial list including the names of sex workers who died as a result of violence is often read at local memorial vigils. The list of over 150 sex workers murdered between January 1 and December 1, 2017, highlight the vulnerability of sex workers around the world. The victims’ identities highlight the intersection of different marginalized identities: 42% of victims in the United States were Black and 48% were Black trans women. The list also highlights dangers of lax gun laws in the Americas: over 70% of victims were murdered in the United States (35%), Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America (35%). Information about Tampa’s December 17th event can be found at More information about December 17th and worldwide events can be found at                                                                                                                          SWOP Tampa Bay Area .                                                                                                                                        877-776-2004

NEW YORK                                                                                                                                                          Contact-Judson Church Reproductive Rights [email protected] Date/Time- December 17, 2017, 7:30p-8:30p.

Info: On the front steps of Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC 10012. Candlelight Vigil to remember all, with special mention of Ms. Yang Song aka CiCi. Masks and wigs provided for those who need them. All are invited. Additional to info to follow as it becomes available.”This is the beginning of a Judson Task Force on Sex Work with a goal of decriminalization.
Judson has long been a supporter of sex workers’ rights. Former Minister Howard Moody and Judson administrator Arlene Carmen wrote “”Working Women”” based on their experiences offering food and support to street workers via a Judson van. Judson also offered space to P.O.N.Y. throughout the 80’s for meetings. It was at Judson that I met Margo St. James and Gale Phederson when they came to announce the Second World Whores’ Congress which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels in the mid 80’s and which Annie Sprinkle and I attended as delegates and journalists.

** Int’l Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil & Benefit, Contact- Saucy Marketing ~Date/Time- Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM EST Location- Brooklyn Bazaar 150 Greenpoint Avenue Basement Level Brooklyn, NY 11222

Info- Tickets provided by Eventbrite: Suggested Donation $33.72 All proceeds will be donated to G.L.I.T.S Inc. and are tax deductible. Free tickets for low income individuals. FB Event:

MASSACHUSETTS                                                                                                                                     Date/Time -Sunday, December 17 at 12 AM – 10 PM EST, Location: Center Stage 265 Dwight St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103 FB Event://

Info:Dec 17th is the international day to end violence against sex workers.
This day has special meaning to Me and is something I would love to see more awareness of in western MA
I am also aware that most sex workers I know in this community really can’t afford to take the day off.
So this December 17th I will be working it
at My favorite local stripclub
Club Centerstage in downtown springfield, MA
Center Stage

I will be dancing from noon til 7 possibly abit later if yall are around and tipping Me!
Come put your money into the hands of local sex workers and support us.

WASHINGTON                                                                                                                                                               CONTACT: SWOP Seattle                                                                                                                        On December 17th, we gather to remember sex workers who have lost their lives due to violence, stigma, oppression, and discrimination. Please join us as we honor our dead, gather as a community, and heal. For more information on this date, please visit:

Time: 5pm-9pm: Community Vigil & Dinner 
Location: Merchant Cafe, Pioneer Square 
109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104 
We will gather at 5pm at the Merchant, and depart for a walk to Westlake Center at 5:30, where we will hold a vigil. We will return to the Merchant and have a community meal at 6:30pm, and share thoughts and words about our reflections on this somber day.

We recommend that you bring your red umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, and dress warmly!


CANADA International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Sex Worker Wisdom Chapbook Launch

Contact: Laura Dilley PACE Society [email protected] Date/Time: Sunday December 17, 2017 from 7-9pm. Location: PACE Society – 148 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8 CANADA

Info: Join us for an intimate night of storytelling inspired by Sex Workers’ Wisdom: Writing Workshops with writer Amber Dawn. Wine and appetizers to be served. Facebook event page:


Where will you be on December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers?? There are many ways to stand in solidarity with sex workers… Actions and events with sex worker and allied groups across Canada listed below.

CALGARY, AB : Blogs to mark Dec 17th. One will be a Q & A with our Calgary police “anti-exploitation” unit, and hopefully another from our advisory committee/clients. It will be published here: and on our social media.


December 17th, 12pm-1:30pm

Cabot Square

Please come join Iskweu Project for a gathering at Cabot Square for December 17th, the International day to end violence against sex workers.
SVP, venez nous joindre au Square Cabot pour la journée internationale pour mettre fin à la violence contre les travailleuses et travailleur du sexe

December 17th, 3-4:30pm

Maison de Culture Frontenac

On December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Témoigner pour Agir exhibition and Stella, l’amie de Maime present “After C-36: Still Battling to End Violence Against Sex Workers”.

This public event is a rare moment to move beyond divisive debates about sex work and to hear from those directly placed on the front lines of activism for sex workers’ human rights. It will take the form of a panel discussion with Jenn Clamen, Viviane Namaste, and Grace Van Ness followed by a performance by Sasha Van BonBon entitled Selected Monologues from ‘‘Les Demimondes’’ and ‘‘Neon Nightz’’.

This lecture will be given in English with translation in French and in LSQ.




December 17th, 1-2pm

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, Elgin Street

Please join us to remember sex workers we’ve lost to violence and renew our commitment to ending violence against sex workers. Guest speakers TBD 



We will meet at the Court House at 2:30pm on Sunday December 17th, 2017. We will have a small community discussion in regards to ending the violence against Sex Workers, full decriminalization of Sex Work, and Sex Workers Rights. Bring open minds and warm hearts. After the gathering, we can walk down to the Gore Street Cafe for some warm coffee ️ & treats. 

Please bring signs, red umbrellas, and your voice ️ (but not a must).

December 17th, 2:30pm-4pm

426 Queen St E, Sault Ste Marie 



December 17th, 7-9pm

Ernie Checkeris Theatre

Project ArmHer is a collaborative multi-media performance produced in partnership with women who have lived experience in sex work. This is Project ArmHer’s first locally public performance. We chose December 17th as our event date in respect and recognition of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. 

International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers is a global day dedicated in recognition of the need for sex workers’ human rights and to acknowledge that decriminalization is the only way to address and end the violent targeting of sex workers and commercial sexual exploitation of women and youth.

Groups around the world are participating in this event in ways that represent their own unique communities, but the overall message is zero tolerance for violence perpetuated against sex workers. Sex workers and allies are joining on December 17th to organize against discrimination and to remember all of the sex workers who have been murdered, assaulted, or stolen. These people are community members and will not be forgotten.



International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Sex Worker Wisdom Chapbook Launch

Join us for an intimate night of storytelling inspired by Sex Workers’
Wisdom: Writing Workshops with writer Amber Dawn. Wine and appetizers to be

December 17th, 7-9pm PACE Society 148 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Link to our facebook event:



December 17, 2-5pm

Bastion Square and City Hall

Red Umbrella Day (December 17th) is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Please join us! 

2PM, meet at Bastion Square to gather and march to City Hall 
2:45PM, we will arrive at City Hall for performances, speakers, open mic. and a free meal. 
4:30PM, Closing 

*Wear Red (if you have it and want to!) 
*Support Resources and Safer Sex Supplies Available 

This event is supported by Peers Victoria, the anti-violence project and Third Space. 

Accessibility Info: 
(Basic accessibility info below, we are gathering a more thorough accessibility assessment of the space at City Hall, and will post a link to that information ASAP). 

*Our event will be in the antechamber room of City Hall. 

*ASL interpretation: An interpreter from IDHHC will be present from 2:30-4:30PM at City Hall, for the performance and speaker section of the event. 

*Winding Staircase the the 2nd floor 

*Elevator access 

*2-single stall gender neutral washrooms 

*Children are welcome at this event. Childminding available at City Hall.



This year, the Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition is coordinating a chain of warmth, love and solidarity between the different groups who are, include, serve and/or care for sex workers, sex trade workers, experiential and sexually exploited people in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory. We are celebrating our shared commitment to end violence against everyone involved in the sex trade by exchanging cards, notes and art that honours and respects everyone’s experience and stories. 

Photos of the art will be posted on our website on Dec.



Contact: Jiri Kofron Bliss without Risk [email protected] Location/Date/Time: Palackeho namesti – Prague, 17th December 2017, from 12.30 p.m. till 16 p.m. Info: Bliss without Risk has been working with sex workers for 25 years now. This year we are going to focus on all forms of violence against sex workers in Czech republic. Domestic, institutional or public. We want to talk to ordinary people if they know, what sex workers has to go through, if they want to just do their job. Our main goal is open discussion, what can be done to end violence and prejudice towards sex workers and what they think about legalization of sex work in Czech republic.