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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.

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United States

Albuquerque, NM
6pm-8pm
Location: 149 Jackson NE, then walk to 4012 Central SE
Albuquerque’s 6th Annual Slut Walk + Red Umbrella Day
Join us as we honor the Int’l Day to End Violence against Sex Workers (aka Red Umbrella Day) for the sixth year in Albuquerque. We’ll meet at the PEP Office at 6pm to collect signs and red umbrellas. From there, we’ll Slut Walk* to the Albuquerque Social Club, where we will hold our candle lighting and reading of the names ceremony. Following the ceremony, we will open the floor to all attendees to speak. We have signs and two red umbrellas to share. Please do feel welcome to bring your own signs relating to the ideology of sex work legalization and/or decriminalization; the West Mesa murders; and/or physical, psychological, state-sponsored, and/or institutional violence against sex workers. Please consider bringing a red umbrella and wearing red!

Ankorage, AK
*PLEASE NOTE THE DATE*  Saturday, December 15 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2824 E 18th St
Anchorage, AK
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is an international day of commemoration of those who’ve sex workers who’ve suffered violence. Alaska has a special relationship to violence against sex workers. The recent passing of Robert Hanson, Alaska’s most notorious serial killer who was convicted of 17 murders of sex workers and 30 rapes, gives us pause as a community consider how such acts were left to go unchecked for so long.
Please join Alaska’s own sex worker group, Community United for Safety and Protection to remember were we’ve come from and how far we have to go.
Please join Alaskan sex workers, former sex workers, trafficked victims and our allies.

Athens, GA
**PLEASE NOTE THE DATE**
December 18 (the date may change to the 19th, please stay tuned)
Meeting location: UGA arch
Goals for the Vigil – To light candles and acknowledge those who’ve died and experienced violence, criminalization and stigmatization in Georgia due to being in the sex trade. For example (as all you guys know) People of Color and Transgender people are highly targeted and vulnerable to criminalization and violence.
We will have lots of RED UMBRELLAS to hold as a symbol of the most vulnerable people in the sex trade who work outside and on the streets, Bring one if you already have a red umbrella. This event is for raising awareness around the human rights issues people in the sex trade face. We will take photos of the event. Feel free to wear masks if that feels more comfortable and if anonymity is an issue. We will also have condoms, Naloxone Kits & harm reduction information.

Atlanta, GA
5:30pm-7:00pm
Troy Davis Park (Woodruff Park)
Look for the Red Umbrellas
Vigils to remember those who have died as a result of Violence while working in the sex trade.
Our Dec 17th vigils this week are also to acknowledge the people who are stigmatized and targeted for criminalization and for those who have suffered violence while working in sex trade due to police brutality, poverty and the prison industrial complex.Austin IDEVASW

Austin, TX
7:00pm – Vigil at Republic Square | 9:30 – After-Event at Chain Drive, 84 East Ave
Vigil Facebook Event | After-Event Facebook
 Twitter: @sexasfreedom

Bay Area, CA
 7-10PM | Center for Sex and Culture – 1349 Mission Street
Event Website | Facebook Event
Join SWOP-Bay for an evening of solidarity, creating a community altar, food, drink, performances and speakers.

Buffalo, NY
6:00pm, Niagara Square
Event Website | Facebook Event
On December 17th we will join together in Niagara Square–a grand symbol of Buffalo–to mourn, celebrate and renew our vow to defend our neighbors and friends who have been murdered due to the violence, shame and stigma of being a sex worker. Please join with us as we remember those we lost and speak up about what needs to be done to protect all sex workers from abuse, violence and shame.
We ask that people bring a candle to light. If you have any red clothing or umbrellas, please bring them as well. We will be lighting candles as we read off names of those killed from around the world. Following that we will have an open space for people to share their story, read or perform work honoring sex workers, or to speak up about issues and solutions here in Buffalo and WNY.
Please also remember that we are going to centralize the voices and experiences of current and former sex workers by way of choice, circumstance and/or coercion, as well as those who are often targeted as sex workers and oppressed peoples. We want to ensure that this is a safe space for people to come out to, so we ask that allies respect these requests and each other. We all need to come together to end the systems that perpetuate this violence and on December 17th we will.

Chicago, IL
Launch of Monthly Sex Worker Legal Clinic
Sun, 12/14, 2-5PM + Mon, 12/15, 6-9PM | 1700 S Loomis
Join us for refreshments, legal advice, and to sign up for services at our first legal clinic.
See our clinic website for details.

March to End Violence Against Sex Workers | Facebook Event
12/17 – 5PM – Gathering | 5:30PM – March Begins
Start Location – Harold Washington Library (North Entrance)
Join us in protesting systematic violence against sex workers. Since the start of this year, 24 sex workers have been violently murdered in the United States. 6 women were murdered in the greater Chicago Metro area. Please unite with us to raise awareness of how criminalization and stigma, and economic injustice contribute to violence against sex workers.
For more information, please read our Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Fact Sheet

Annual Chicago Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil & Celebration of Resilience | Facebook Event
12/17 – 7-9:30PM | Jane Addams Hull House – 800 S Halsted
SWOP-Chicago is honored to present our annual “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” activities at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Join us for a commemorative evening to honor the lives of sex workers, past and present. Join us for a candle light vigil, speakers, music, art, performance, refreshments, and most importantly community.
All ages, all are welcome, and this is a safe space for all genders, expressions, & abilities.

Denver, CO
7:00pm | Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ – 3250 E 6th Ave.
Event Website | Facebook Event
Please join us for the 12th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and the 5th annual Denver commemoration. The event will include an introduction, commemoration of those we have lost in December 17th, and a speakout. Please feel free to share your experiences, speak your truth, bring in poetry or music or artwork, etc. SWOP Denver fliers and Bad Date List fliers and reports will also be available.
This is always an extremely difficult and emotional day for all of us. Please take care of yourself in whatever ways you need to. Butcher paper will be provided to write on, and organizers are available to talk and provide personal support.
This event is free and open to the public.

**A Note About Privacy** In past years, we have required attendees to RSVP for the location. This year, like last year, we are making the event more public. The location will be publicly available and the media will be invited to attend. The event will also be listed in local papers. Journalists will be provided with a document regarding showing proper respect and everyone will be instructed not to take photographs or video without the express prior permission of everyone shown. If anyone is interested in reading about self-protection strategies in dealing with the media (as well as messaging and other information), this is available.

Glen Burnie, MD
7-10PM | RSVP to [email protected] for location
Event Website | Facebook Event
Free massages, foot rubs, (pedis are a maybe at the moment) ambiance, music, conversation. short films, art, moment of Silence for people lost due to violence, letting go of red balloons with december17.org written on them. Sex Workers & Sex Workers Allies are invited.

Iowa City, IA
5-7pm
OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS
Black Hawk Mini Park At Ped Mall Iowa CityIowa City, Iowa 52240
Event Website | Facebook Event   

Las Vegas, Nevada
6:30pm-8:30pm | The LGBTQ Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway
Event Website | Facebook Event
Come join us as we honor our dead and fight for the living!
We will meet at The Center for a candlelight vigil to recognize those we’ve lost, then move downtown to march on Fremont Street to protest violence against sex workers. Posterboard, markers, and light refreshments provided!

Little Rock, AR
11:00am – 2:00pm
Living Affected Corporation will be organizing a December 17th event this year.
Details are forthcoming.
Contact Kayron for information or to help organize.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 773-866-0365

Los Angeles, CA
6:30pm-8:30pm | Plummer Park – 7737 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Event Website | Facebook Event
Sex Workers Outreach Project- Los Angeles will host a gathering to remember those we lost in the Sex Worker community this year. There will be a gathering period with light refreshments, followed by a few words from a member of our local community.
We will hand out candles and read the names of the sex workers who lost their life this year followed by a moment of silence. We will then renew our pledge to speak up for rights of all sex workers.

New Brunswick, NJ
6pm-8:30pm | Christ Church – 5 Paterson Street
The first annual New Jersey event will feature a local New Brunswick musician, a Candlelight Vigil to honor New Jersey’s workers, and workshops. The concurrent workshops include: (1) Educational Human Rights Workshop: How Criminalization Perpetuates Violence (2) Educational Human Rights Workshop: Understanding Violence Against Sex Workers through a Racial & Gendered Lens (3) Wellness Workshop: Supporting our Spiritual & Mental Heath (lead by local yoga studio, A Garden of Healing)

New Orleans, LA
4:00 pm | Canal St. at Bourbon
This December 17th, 2014, for the third year, the Sex Workers Outreach Program, New Orleans (SWOP-NOLA), will be joining (so far!) 15 U.S. cities and 21 countries in observing the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. As with years previous, SWOP-NOLA will march through the French Quarter in honor of individuals working in the sex industry who have fallen victim to violence, and to renew and celebrate our commitment in the ongoing struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.
We invite you to walk with us in a show of solidarity. Though the reason for our event is sober and serious, you don’t have to be. We’ve found the unique mix of tourists, sex workers, locals, and service industry workers who gather in the quarter (be it for work or play) to be pretty receptive to the cause of sex workers’ rights. Gaining support and winning allies is an important step in chipping away at the societal stigma that encourages violence against us. So don’t be afraid to wear something fun and grab a go-cup!
We have a few red umbrellas (international symbol of sex workers’ rights) available. Last year, just for the sake of looking awesome (and matching our umbrellas), we all wore red, so let’s shoot for that again. We also have SWOP-NOLA info and promo stuff to hand out to people on the street. Feel free to create your own materials to distribute, and bring some to share!
We invite you to join us on this important day, and encourage you to spread the word by publicizing this event in your respective departments and organizations.

New York, NY
6:00pm-8:00pm | 147 W 24th St, 3rd Floor, NYC
Event Website | Facebook Event
A memorial, a call to action, and a community healing event near the C/E/N/R/1/F and PATH trains
All Are Welcome | Accessible Space
DIA INTERNACIONAL POR EL FIN DE LA VIOLENCIA CONTRA TRABAJADORES SEXUALES Una conmemoracion, un llamado de accion, y in evento de sanacion comunitario Cerca de los trenes: C/E/1/N/R/F y PATH
Todos son bienvenidos | Espacio accessible

Oakland, CA
12:30PM
Protest against Evictions – N.E.O on Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Venue: Oakland City Hall | 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
Event Website | Facebook Event
In light of the expansion of the Nuisance Eviction Ordinance in Oakland–which enables landlords to evict people suspected of being sex workers–we must stand together in the fight to OVERTURN the expansion of the N.E.O. because eviction is violence!
(510) 444-2489

Philadelphia, PA
6:30pm-9:30pm |William Way Community Center – 1315 Spruce St
Event Website | Facebook Event
Join us for a screening of “A Kiss for Gabriela” and contribute to our Shout-Out Wall.

Portland, OR
March Begins 5:30pm |East Side of the Burnside Bridge
March Ends 7:00pm | Red & Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Ave
This year SWOC welcomes you to join us in a candle lit walk over the Burnside Bridge (starting on the east side of the bridge) and then follow us to a reception at the Red and Black Café. We are asking people to please bring red umbrellas with you if you have them and also bring other sex workers an allies to this event!
We will be gathering on the East Side of the Burnside Bridge at 5:00 crossing over the bridge and then coming back the other side. From there we will make our way to the Red and Black which will begin at 7:00 pm.

Sacramento, CA
 | March begins at Capitol Building [West Steps] – Ends with event at LGBT Community Center, 1927 L St.
Event Flyer | Event Website
Come out, march, light a candle, tell a story, sing a song or just quietly observe the moment. We will begin at the West Steps of the Capitol and our march will take us to the LGBT Community Center at 1927 L Street. Attendees are welcome to wear a red t-shirt or carry a red umbrella in solidarity. We invite you to join with sex workers and our allies around the globe to stand against the criminalization and violence committed against our communities. Together we can create a more peaceful world.

Schreveport, LA
6:00 PM | Event Details forthcoming
Event Website | Facebook Event

Seattle, WA
6:30 meet up, 7pm procession, 8:30 vigil |Starts and ends at the Merchant Cafe – 109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104
FREE EVENT – Open to the Public
Seattle Annual Sex Work Symposium
Dec 17th in Seattle marks the end of the Seattle Annual Sex Work Symposium (Seattle-SASS.org), a weekend-long festival recognizing the voices and diversity of sex worker. Every year on December 17th, sex workers and their supporters around the world observe the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a holiday of remembrance created by Annie Sprinkle to honor the victims of the Green River Killer.
This year’s remembrance ritual will feature a procession line through Downtown Seattle, which will start and end at the Merchant Cafe in Pioneer Square. We will pass through the streets of Seattle in a line, holding signs, red umbrellas, votive candles (with eclectic tea lights), and passing out literature. As we walk, we will out the names of those from our sex worker community who have lost their lives, both in 2014 and beyond. We will walk to Westlake Center and back, returning to the Merchant Cafe to close out our ceremony and honor the day with libations.
If you would like to participate:
— Meet us at 6:30 at the Merchant Cafe in Pioneer Square
— Wear warm black and/or red clothing
— wear comfortable walking shoes (this is about a 2 mile walk)
— Or, if you are shy or unable to walk the 2 miles, please feel free to help us document our journey with photographs or video. You may also opt to just meet us at the Merchant Cafe for the final segment of the ceremony.
Event Title: Seattle Vigil for IDTEVASW
Event Location: City, State: Seattle, WA. Starts and ends at the Merchant Cafe in Pioneer Square
Event Location: Address: 109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104
Event Date and Hours (i.e. 12/16: 18:00-20:00): 6:30 meet at Merchant, 7-8:30 procession through downtown Seattle, 8:30 libations back at The Merchant

Tucson, AZ
7:00PM | Party & Community Altar Creation
Fluxx Gallery |414 East 9th Street, Tucson, AZ 85705
Event Website | Facebook Event
Party and community altar creation for sex workers we have lost.
Tulsa, OK
12/19 – 12:00PM | Tulsa County Court House – 500 S Denver

Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia
11:00am
December 17th is the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers. Stepping Stone would like to invite all our friends and allies, and anyone else who would like to stand with us, to meet us.
December 17th is the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers. Stepping Stone would like to invite all our friends and allies, and anyone else who would like to stand with us, to meet us for a short march. We will start at the corner of Gottingen and Cornwallis Streets for a short march to the police station on Gottingen Street and back. Bring your red umbrellas if you have one. Come stand with us in solidarity of this important day!

Hamilton, ON
*PLEASE NOTE THE DATE* December 16, 2014, 7:30pm-11pm
Venue: This Ain’t Hollywood – 345 James Street North, Hamilton ON, Canada
Big Susie’s Presents: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Film screening and open mic night. Doors open at 630pm. $10 or pay-as-you-can. 19+
only[email protected] for more info.

Montreal, QC
4:30pm-5:30pm
Meeting point: Montreal Municipal Court
775 rue Gosford, Montréal
(Champs de Mars metro)
Vigil location: Palais de Justice
1 Rue Notre-Dame East, Montréal
JOIN US FOR A SHORT WALK AND A VIGIL  (French and Spanish on website)
This December 17th is an important one for Canadian sex workers, those we work closest with and our allies. Almost one year ago to date we celebrated a huge victory in the Supreme Court with the recognition that criminal laws contribute to the violence that sex workers experience. This past year we were hit very hard fighting the entry of a new regime of laws (C-36) that came into force and effect on December 6th. Our safety and security continues to be at risk.
With the passage of these laws we take a somber moment to mourn the lives that criminalization has stolen. We mourn for the continued loss of our physical, economic and psychological safety. And we mourn for the loss of dignity that we continue to suffer under this new regime. Most importantly, we mourn together with an even stronger and more visible community of allies.
All is not lost! Our voices, support and visibility continue to shift both public opinion and policy! Please be visible with us and continue to protest the continued and systemic violence of prostitution laws!

Ottawa, ON
Doors open at 12pm
This year, to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex workers (December 17th), local organizations will be hosting a discussion lunch. Please consider joining us and sharing this among your networks.
The PROUD study will be releasing data from its participatory research of people who use drugs in Ottawa. The data will relate to survey participants who had engaged in sex work and will focus on sex workers’ experiences with homelessness and the law.
POWER will be speaking about the recent passage of Bill C-36 and how it will impact sex workers who live and work in our region
Door opens at 12:00noon,
Speakers from POWER, and the PROUD study
Snacks and drinks will be provided

Quebec
4:00pm
Parvis de l’eglise St-Rock
Quebec, Quebec G1K
Rassemblement de solidarité à 16h00 au Parvis de l’Église St-Roch.
-Prises de parole des participantes au Projet LUNE
-Vigile de commémoration pour nos paires
-Visionnement d’une capsule vidéo
Ce 17 décembre est un journée importante pour les travailleuses(eurs) du sexe et nos allié(e)s — La dernière année en fût une de lutte contre un nouveau régime de lois qui en entré en vigueur le 6 décembre — des lois qui continuent à criminaliser nos vies et notre travail. Le support et la mobilisation des travailleuses(eurs) du sexe et nos alliées sont maintenant plus importante que jamais – pour rappeler aux travailleuses(eurs) du sexe que nous sommes là pour eux, et pour nous rappeler comment, ensemble, nous pouvons lutter contre ce nouveau régime.

St Catharine’s, ON
5:00pm-7:00pm
Niagara Artists Centre (NAC)
354 St. Paul Street
St Catharine’s, Ontario
Event Description & Details: There will be 3 speakers at this event!
Naomi Sayers is a sex work activist and Indigenous feminist. She is the creator of www.kwetoday.com and founder of Southwestern Ontario Sex Workers. She is currently attending the common law program at OttawaU.
Sarah M is a sex work activist, student and writer. Her work can be found in The Hamilton Spectator, Briarpatch, rabble.ca and on her blog at autocannibalism.wordpress.com.
Alex T is a sex worker, a student, and a cabaret performer. She has been active in the sex workers rights movement for more than 20 years.
There will be FREE FOOD provided by Food Not Bombs. Donations will be accepted: please consider socks, underwear, chapstick,gloves and Tim Hortons gift cards
Event Date and Hours (i.e. 12/16: 18:00-20:00): December 17, 5-7

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
12pm-1:00pm | 170 Cashin Avenue, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador A1E 3B
Event Website | Facebook event
Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP) would like you to join them for a Red Umbrella Sit In for Non Violence against  Sex Workers. Please bring a red umbrella to show your support for SexWorker Rights! Red Umbrellas will be available for $5 dollars – all proceeds go to SHOP. Join us to learn more about SHOP, Bill #C36 and what we can do in our community to ensure that seworkers receive the supports, services and safety they deserve.

Toronto, ON
Doors Opens at 6:30pm – Event 7:00pm | Queen West Community Health Centre – 166 Bathurst St
This year on December 17th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers we are recognizing the violence that will be recreated and that it will increase state violence and cost more sex workers lives. December 6th, 2014 marks the date that Bill C-36 becomes law. This Bill was introduced by the Harper government in response to the unanimous supreme court decision that deemed the contested prostitution related provisions as UNCONSTITUTIONAL as they create MORE harms to sex workers and those that love them.
In response, a coalition of sex workers and sex worker organizations including: Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, COUNTERfit Women’s Harm Reduction Program, Queen West Community HealthCentre, Bad Date Coalition, Sex Professional of Canada and others, have come together to share information and to support each other as Bill C36 becomes law. We will also talk about how sex worker activists and allies are continuing to fight for the rights and wellbeing of sex workers in Toronto, including a new campaign for municipal non-enforcement. Come learn more about C36 and how we can continue to support and protect one another under a criminalized system.
This is an accessible location. Onsite childcare available. This event is open to sex workers, allies, and community workers. For more information contact: Jean at [email protected] or Arlene Pitts at [email protected]

Vancouver, BC
5:30pm-9:30pm
Event Website | Facebook Event
We’ll be handing out cards describing International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers at various locations downtown where we will all be wearing our new red tee-shirts:  front says “Not Victims, Not Criminals” and back says “Sex Worker Rights Are Human Rights”, carrying our red umbrellas AND we’ll be stopping at two locations to sing our sex worker version of “Lean on Me”.  The lyrics have been rewritten in light of the new, horrible, prostitution laws that go into effect on December 6 in Canada. Afterwards, we will be gathering at a local ally organization for drinks, food and community and, to watch a recent TedX Talk by author Maggie DeVries.

Victoria, BC
5:30pm
Starting location: Victoria Legislature, Lekwungen and WSANEC Territories
Join sex workers and their allies in a march to say violence against sex workers must stop now! December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, also known as the Red Umbrella Day. On this day, we are calling for an end to laws and unjust policing that prevent sex workers from reporting violence. These laws intersect with sexism, racism, ableism, and classism to perpetuate social stigma and create a cultural environment in which the violence perpetrated upon sex workers is seen as different from the violence perpetuated against others.
Together, we will stand for autonomy, dignity, and the freedom to work in safety with equal access to justice. The event will be co-organized PEERS Victoria Resource Society and the UVSS Women’s Centre, and will start at 5:30 PM at the Victoria Legislature, marching to City Hall, where food will be provided, and speakers and performers will entertain and educate us.
At this vibrant event, we will both honour the lives lost and celebrate our vital movement. The red umbrella is an international symbol of sex workers rights, please WEAR RED and bring your red umbrella to the rally and be a part of the movement!
Chicken and vegetarian curries will be served at the City Hall for dinner.

Winnipeg, Manitoba
6:00pm-8:00pm | The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre – 611 Main St
We invite sex workers, clients, public health professionals and allies to join us for a public information session. We will be discussing the practical impacts of Bill C-36 on workers and clients, answering questions on how workers can protect their safety and livelihoods under C-36, and what allies can do to support sex workers.
We will provide printed resources and an opportunity for questions and answers at the event. To submit a question for the event, please email [email protected] or tweet at us @WinnipegWG

 

Europe

Ankara, Turkey
Kırmızı Şemsiye Cinsel Sağlık ve İnsan Hakları Derneği
Konur 2 Sokak 44/8, 06640 Ankara, Turkey
Bu bir 17 ARALIK DÜNYA SEKS İŞÇİLERİNE YÖNELİK ŞİDDETLE MÜCADELE GÜNÜ etkinliğidir!

“Seks işçilerine yönelik suçlar raporlanmıyor, konuşulmuyor ve cezalandırılmıyor. Seks işçileri nefret suçları, tecavüzler, fiziksel saldırı ve cinayetler ile karşılaştığında bunu umursamayan insanlar var. Seks işçileri ve seks işçiliği ile ilgili politikalar hakkında ne düşündüğünüz önemli değil; önemli olan seks işçilerinin mahallelerimiz, toplumumuz ve ailelerimiz içinde olduğu gerçeğidir.”
Böyle diyordu ABD’li eski bir seks işçisi, eğitmen, oyuncu, yapımcı ve yazar olan Dr. Annie Sprinkle 2003’te, seks işçilerinin hayatlarımızın tam da ortasında olduğunu hatırlatmak için. Seks işçileri bu toplumun önemlibir parçasını oluşturuyor. Hak ihlallerine karşı savunmasız bir şekilde hayatlarını devam ettirmeye gayret ediyorlar. Çoğu zaman yapayalnız ve sürekli saldırı altında. Ama devam ediyorlar.
17 Aralık Dünya Seks İşçilerine Yönelik Şiddetle Mücadele Günü’dür. Kırmızı Şemsiye, bu günü Türkiye’deki seks işçilerine yönelik her türlü şiddetle mücadele etmenin önemini vurgulamak için önemsiyor. Her yıl, imkanımız ölçüsünde bu günün önemi çerçevesinde görünürlük ve farkındalık yaratma hedefi ile faaliyetlerimize devam edeceğiz.
Bu sene, trans kadın seks işçilerini bir araya getiriyoruz ve uzun yıllardan bu yana transfobik ve orospufobik nefretin hedefi olan bu grubun sorunları ve ihtiyaçlarını gündeme taşımayı hedefliyoruz. 10 ilden trans kadın seks işçileri, kendi ihtiyaç ve taleplerini kamuoyu ile paylaşıyor, stratejiler geliştiriyor ve yetkililere sesleniyor: “Şiddet bizim kaderimiz değil. Temel insan haklarımızı güvence altına alın!”

ETKİNLİK MEKANI:
Best Hotel Kavaklıdere
Adres: Atatürk Bulvarı No: 195 Kavaklıdere, ANKARA
Tel: 0312.467.0880

ETKİNLİK İLETİŞİM KİŞİLERİ:
Koordinatör:
Kemal Ördek, kemal.ordek@kirmizisemsiye.org, 05544655729
Organizasyon Ekibi:
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Tel: 0312.419.2991
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- ENGLISH -

This year, we are bringing sex worker trans women together and aim at visibilising the issues and needs of this group, which has been the target of transphobia and whorephobia for years. Sex worker trans women from 10 cities of Turkey share their needs and demads with the public, produce strategies and call at officials: “Violence is not our fate. Ensure and protect our basic human rights!”
CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY MEETING FOR SEX WORKER TRANS WOMEN
18 – 19 DECEMBER 2014 – ANKARA

This is a CONFERENCE ON COMBATTING VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKER TRANS WOMEN on the occasion of 17th December.Red Umbrella, is bringing 25 sex worker trans women from 10 cities of Turkey together on 18 – 19 December 2014, within the scope of the Project “Mapping Violence Against Trans Women Sex Workers in Turkey and Provision of Legal Support” which is financially supported by The Swedish Consulate General in Istanbul, Open Society Foundations and the Embassy of the Netherlands.
There are two pillars of this meeting: The first is to train sex worker trans women in regard to sexual and reproductive health rights and access to justice with the support of the lawyers of Red Umbrella and the UNFPA Country Office in Turkey. Second is to outline the issues, needs and demands of sex worker trans women in Turkey through group work. The list of issues, needs and demands will be published by Red Umbrella in February 2015.

EVENT VENUE:
Best Hotel Kavaklıdere
Address: Atatürk Bulvarı No: 195 Kavaklıdere, ANKARA
Tel: 0312.467.0880

EVENT CONTACT PEOPLE:
Coordinator: Kemal Ördek, kemal.ordek@kirmizisemsiye.org, 05544655729

Barcelona, Spain – Jornada contra la criminalizacion de las trabajadoras sexuales
17.Dec 2014 18:30-20:30 | Carrer d’en Robador, Barcelona                                                                        http://www.ellokal.org/jornada-contra-la-criminalizacion-de-las-trabajadoras-sexuales/

Belfast, Ireland
5:00pm | Venue: Belfast City Hall
Scrap Clause 15 – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Sex workers and their allies around the world will be taking action in the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers. Join us at the front of the city hall at 5.00pm to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Racism and economic inequality and systems of colonialist, capitalist violence and oppression must end.  Clause 15 of the Human Trafficking Bill (formerly known as clause 6) will become law on 1st June 2015. The clause makes the purchase of sex illegal which will drive prostitution further underground placing sex workers here in greater danger from violent assault. This demo has been called by the Solidarity Federation Belfast Local and the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland.

Belgrade, Serbia
15pm
There will be a semi-closed session in a city’s renown cultural centre on issues of violence, legalization and decriminalization for sex work community, and a flash mob in the center of the city.
This is the first time sex work in Serbia will draw attention to the issues of violence on the street.

Berlin, Germany
12/17 – 6-8pm |an der Ecke Frobenstraße / Kurfürstenstraße
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Der 17. Dezember ist der Internationale Tag zur Beendigung von gegen Gewalt gegen Sexarbeiter_innen. An diesem Tag wollen wir als Sexarbeiter_innen und Prostituierte zwischen 18:00 und 20:00 in der Berliner Kurfürstenstraße / Ecke Frobenstraße zusammenkommen. Wir wollen derer gedenken, die wir dieses Jahr verloren haben, und unsere Unterstützung erneuern für den andauernden Kampf für das Ende aller Arten von Gewalt gegen uns und für Empowerment, Sichtbarkeit und die Rechte von Sexarbeiter_innen. Bitte kommt mit uns und Sexarbeiter_innen auf der ganzen Welt zusammen, um der Kriminalisierung und der Gewalt gegenüber unseren Communities gemeinsam etwas entgegen zu setzen.
December 17 is the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. We come together today as sex workers and prostitutes, to remember those who we have lost this year. We will meet in Berlin at Kurfürstenstraße/Frobenstraße at 6pm on Dec 17th and we call for our supporters to join us.

Bournemouth, UK
Panel at 3:30pm – March begins at 5pm| Bournemouth Library – 22 The Triangle, BH2 5RQ Bournemouth
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Bournemouth Council is organizing an-awareness raising event that will begin at Bournemouth Library and feature various guest speakers talking about their work and their commitment to ending violence against sex workers. At 5pm, attendees will march from the library to Bournemouth Town Centre, ending at St Paul’s hostel at approximately 6pm. During the walk we will hand out flyers informing the general public about violence against sex workers. Following the march, attendees can relax and enjoy tea, coffee, and cakes. The symbol of the event is a red umbrella, bring one along if you are able to!

Brighton, UK
From 6:30pm | Old Steine Fountain
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Brighton Feminist Collective will be joining sex workers, allies and advocates on December 17, to mark the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We will be holding a vigil in central Brighton on the evening of Dec 17th. We plan to have speakers, a candlelit vigil, a minute silence and an invitation to anyone who feels they want to come to the front and speak. Please feel free to bring red umbrellas, candles, placards, messages, etc. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at: brightonfeministcollective@gmail.com

Dublin, Ireland
6:00pm | Outside Dáil
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We will have a Vigil at the Dáil on Wednesday December 17th at 6pm, where we will remember those sex workers who have suffered violence or been killed, often as a result of criminalisation and stigma. We ask for the members of the public and other sex workers to join us. There will be masks available for those concerned about their identity.

Liverpool, UK
12:00pm onward
The event, will be held at the Armistead 56-58 Hanover St Liverpool 1 4AF on Wednesday 17th December, 12pm onwards. Light refreshments and food will be provided on the day.
We will be remembering all the sex workers lost not just in Merseyside but all over the world. The purpose of the day is to send a message that we remember them and their lives, that they were loved and valued and that we will continue our fight for justice and rights for all sex workers.
This year, we hope to work with our partner agencies to provide a platform for sex workers to meet service providers and give voice to their needs whilst accessing a range of holistic therapies and support.

London, UK
6:30pm – Candle-lit March | From Soho Square
7:15pm – Documentary Screening of “Soho Trot” (d. Ana Aranha) | St. Anne’s Church – 55 Dean St.
8:00pm – Speak Out ft. actors Rupert Everett & Sarah Solemani |St. Anne’s Church – 55 Dean St.

One year on from the shocking mass raids in Soho when 250 police in riot gear with dogs stormed women’s flats, sex workers and supporters will: celebrate the successful struggle that defeated evictions and closures • remember and commemorate lives lost in the last year • report on thecampaign to stop further criminalisation • demand an end to criminalisation, stigma and poverty which makes us vulnerable to all forms of violence and exploitation.
Marianna Popa and Maria Duque-Tunjano and others were murdered this time last year. Many others have lost their lives who have never hit the headlines. Over 200 unsolved murders of women, many of them sex workers, were identified by police Operation Enigma. Rape and other violence are common yet fear of arrest and, if we are immigrant, deportation deter most sex workers from reporting. Some victims have been arrested for prostitution offences while their attackers go free. That’s how serial rapists and murderers are enabled and encouraged. “These tears are both a token and a vow of combat.”
Organised by: English Collective of Prostitutes
Supported by: Sex Worker Open University, Queer Strike, Women Against Rape, x:talk
Contact: prostitutescollective.net 020 7482 2496 ecp@prostitutescollective.net

Lyon, France
Luttons pour mettre fin aux violence dans le travail du sexe
 17 Dec. 2014 – 15-18:00 | Place Jean-Macé (Lyon)69007 Lyon, France                                                      https://www.facebook.com/events/336785943173853/

Oslo, Norway
6:00pm-8:00pm | Schweigaards gate 53, 0192 Oslo, Norway
Event Website | No. 53
Til minne om Jasmine. 17. desember er den internasjonale dagen mot vold mot sexarbeidere og markeres rundt hele verden.
Vi er mange som kjente Jasmine. Hun vant mange hjerter med sitt brennende engasjement for sexarbeideres rettigheter og mot stigmatisering av sexarbeidere. Men Jasmines liv endte hastig og brutalt 11. juli 2013 da hennes eks-kjæreste knivhugde henne med døden til følge. I en kamp om omsorgsretten for sine barn ble hun møtt med mistenksomhet fra sosialtjenesten og rettsvesenet i Sverige, på grunn av hennes tidligere erfaring med sexarbeid. Hennes eks-kjæreste derimot, med langt kriminelt rulleblad, ble dømt som en god omsorgsperson og fikk fulle omsorgsrett til deres 2 felles barn. Den samme mann som seinere drepte Jasmine. Vi vill dedikere dette evenement til Jasmins minne. Vi må ikke la hennes kamp falle i glemsel. Ikke heller de reelle konsekvensene av stigmatiseringen av personer som selger sex.

  • Minnestund: Ida Kock, doktorgradsstipendiat ved Umeå Universitet, kjente Jasmine personlig, og vil holde minnetale. 
  • Debatt: Kriminalisering og stigma er faktorer som øker risikoen for vold og overgrep. I debatten vil vi trekke trådene til Norge og hvordan storsamfunnet og myndighetene håndterer vold mot sexarbeidere. Pro Sentrets voldsrapport fra 2012 ble i den offentlige debatten håndtert som et dårlig innlegg mot sexkjøpsloven. I romjulen 2013 ble to massasjeinstitutt utsatt for ekstremt voldelig ran, i forbindelse med politiets arbeid med saken meldte TV 2 på nettnyhetene om «ran med happy ending». I evaluering av sexkjøpsloven konkluderer Vista Analyse med at det ikke er grunnlag for å si hverken at volden har økt eller at anmeldelsene har gått ned til tross for at informanter med sexarbeidererfaringer formidler at vold ikke anmeldes. Utenlandske kvinner erfarer at politiet er mer opptatt av å håndtere utlendingsloven enn anmeldelse av voldtekt og overgrep, med utvisning fra landet som resultat. Vi har invitert innledere til å delta i paneldebatt om situasjon og om hvordan sexarbeidere og allierte kan redusere samfunnsmessige forhold som trigger utsatthet for vold for de av oss som selger sex.
  • Og ikke minst: hvilke strategier er det sexarbeidere selv tar i bruk for å redusere utsatthet for og å beskytte seg mot vold.

Arrangører: Prostituertes interesseorganisasjon i Norge (Pion)
We will dedicate this event to Petite Jasmine’s memory. We must not let her fall into oblivion. The Event will feature:

  • A memorial service: Ida Kock, a doctoral fellow at the Umeå University, well known Jasmine personally, and will keep the memory of speech.
  • Debate: Criminalization and stigma are factors that increase the risk of violence and abuse. In the debate, we will draw the threads to Norway and how large the community and the authorities dealing with violence against sex workers. We have also invited keynote speakers to participate in the panel discussion about the situation and about how sex workers and allies can reduce the societal conditions that support violence against sex workers.
  •  And last but not least: We will brainstorm strategies sex workers can use to protect themselves.

Paris, France
6:00pm |Belleville – 19ème
Event Website | Facebook Event
Journée mondiale contre les violences. Venez nombreuSEs avec un parapluie rouge.

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Internet Campaign
 PROI (Sarajevo) plan for December 17th is to organize five-day internet (FB) campaign from December 15th-19th.
Skopje, Macedonia
Event Website |  Facebook Event

МАРШ НА ЦРВЕНИОТ ЧАДОР – ГЛОБАЛЕН СИМБОЛ НА СЕКСУАЛНАТА РАБОТА | March of the Red Umbrellas on Int’l Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
 12/17/2014 – 12-13:00 | Gather at “Play Cafe” – МЕСТО: ТРГНУВАЊЕ ОД ПРЕД “PLAY CAFE” НА УЛИЦА МАКЕДОНИЈА
Tblisi, Georgia

Международный день защиты секс-работников от насилия и жестокости
 Event Website |  Facebook Event
Среда, 17 декабре 16-18: 00 – ოთხშაბათი, 17 დეკემბერი 16-18:00 – Wed 12/17 16-18:00  | Филармония – ფილარმონიის წინ – Philharmonia Tblisi P. Melikishvili St. 0179 | იხილეთ ვებ დეტალები | Информация на вебсайте

Toulouse, France
Manifestation 17h place Belfort, puis, dès 21h, soirée de soutien au STRASS au bar Le Communard, Place Arnaud Bernard
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Violences faites aux travailleurSEs du sexe : Etat complice !
Le 17 Décembre est la journée internationale de lutte contre les violences faites aux travailleurSEs du sexe. Répression, expulsions, viols, agressions, exploitation, injonctions au silence, stigmatisation : les violences auxquelles font face les prostituées et travailleurSEs du sexe sont nombreuses, trop nombreuses.
Alors que le délit de racolage n’est toujours pas abrogé malgré ses conséquences catastrophiques, régulièrement dénoncées, sur nos conditions de travail et notre santé, les arrêtés municipaux interdisant la présence de travailleurSEs du sexe dans l’espace public se sont multipliés, de Lyon à Toulouse, en passant notamment par Lille et Bordeaux. Sous couvert de lutter contre l’exploitation des prostituées et travailleurSEs du sexe, c’est la répression de ces dernierEs qui s’organise, avec ses conséquences en termes de précarisation, d’augmentation des violences, et de dégradation de notre santé.
La dimension sexiste de politiques qui interdisent l’espace public à un grand nombre de femmes s’allie par ailleurs avec des intérêts racistes d’expulsions des travailleurSEs sans papiers, ailleurs présentées comme uniformément victimes de la traite, mais qu’il conviendrait alors, pour leur bien, de renvoyer dans leurs pays d’origine. Régulièrement, de véritables rafles sont menées, qui ne sont pas sans conséquences non seulement pour les prostituées et travailleurSEs du sexe expulsées, mais aussi pour celles qui restent et doivent vivre dans la peur quotidienne des forces de l’ordre.
Nombreuses sont celles qui savent que prendre la parole en tant que travailleurSE du sexe, c’est s’exposer à une stigmatisation pouvant entrainer ruptures familiales et sociales, Nombreuses sont celles qui n’oseront pas dénoncer les situations d’exploitation dont elles sont victimes par peur de l’expulsion. Cette situation de répression et de stigmatisation ne sert que les intérêts des auteurs de violences, de quelques riverains qui ne veulent pas de putes dans leur quartier, et de celles et ceux qui instrumentalisent ces violences au profit de leur carrière politique. Venez avec votre parapluie rouge!

Trieste, Italy
7:30pm
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In occasione della Giornata Mondiale contro la violenza sui/sulle Sex Workers, il 17 dicembre, Etnoblog e il Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute presentano due eventi per confrontarsi sull’argomento:
Mercoledì 17, alle ore 19.30, al Never Inn, siete ufficialmente invitati ad un
APERITIVO CON LA LUCCIOLA
incontro aperto a tutti dove una sex worker racconterà la sua esperienza e risponderà alle vostre domande e curiosità sull’argomento!
Venerdì 19, a partire dalle ore 17.00, presso la Casa Internazionale delle Donne si terrà una tavola rotonda:
NON TUTTE LE VITTIME HANNO PARI DIRITTI? LA STORIA DI M.
interverranno esperti del settore – tra i quali l’avvocato Alessandra Bocchi, Tatjana Tomicic, presidente del GOAP, Assunta Signorelli, psichiatra- e discuteranno del caso di violenza accaduto a Vicenza.
Inutile dire che la partecipazione del pubblico è caldamente consigliata, lasciate la timidezza a casa!

Ukraine
Legalife Photo Campaign -нашей акции
Присоединяйтесь к нашей акции к 17 декабря 2014!!! находится архив с двадцатью файлами в простом формате Word, в каждом из которых Вы можете найти слоган, посвящённый 17 декабря – борьбе с насилием и жестокостью по отношению к секс-работникам. Отобрав для себя тот слоган, который для вас актуален, Вы можете его распечатать и с ним сфотографироваться. В случае, если Вы хотите остаться неузнанным/неузнанной, то Вы можете прикрыть листом со слоганом своё лицо. Фотографию со слоганом мы просим Вас выслать на электронную почту БО “Всеукраинская Лига “Легалайф”: [email protected] Мы опубликуем присланные фото на нашей странице в Фейсбуке, на международной странице, посвящённой Дню 17 декабря и на страницах нашего сайта.
Legalife is organizing an online photo campaign. Please download one of 20 simple wordpress files and mail them to [email protected] by December 16, 2014. Legalife will be posting the images on the Facebook page on 12/17/2014.

 

Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
**PLEASE NOTE THE DATES**
Jan14-16, 2015
Event Website
- Flash Mob at National Symposium on HIV Medicine –
60 New Rachadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
 Empower Foundation will be organizing flash mobs at the National Symposium on HIV Medicine – Jan15-16, 2014 – Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. Contact Empower Foundation for details or to get involved
Jiaozhou City, China
Jiaozhou Aixin Health Counseling Center will hold a gathering of community members to share their feeling and experience regarding violence on sex workers, in Jiaozhou City, China.
Each participant will write a sentence about what she think about the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Shenzen, China
Shenzhen Xiyan Communication Centre will gather volunteers and other community members for a workshop about violence and discrimination, in Shenzhen City, China.
Participants will use words, drawings and/or photographs to express our experiences and feelings. We expect an output or art work which may represent our thoughts or wants.
For inquiry, email to [email protected]

Singapore
Sex Workers will be gathering in Singapore. Please contact [email protected] for more details or to get involved!

 

South America

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There will be a public act in Rio de Janeiro at 15h pm in front of the city-hall at Cinelandia.

 

Africa

Accra, Ghana
Global Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Events

Capetown, South Africa
*PLEASE NOTE THE DATE*
Wednesday, December 10 – 11:30-4:00PM
Venue: 19 Anson street,, 7945 Cape Town, Western Cape
SWEAT – Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce

 Sisonke National Sex Workers Movement in South Africa together with Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce will be hosting a nationwide commemoration of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
This event is commemorated annually on the 17th December – A day of solidarity where sex workers, allies, and advocates from all over the world come together to mourn the violence perpetrated against sex workers and renew commitments to end this violence.
This year has brought an increase in decriminalisation supporters, media presence, and capacity building. Despite these forward strides, there has been a worrying trend of sex worker deaths in South Africa. Fourteen sex workers are suspected to have been murdered since July. A domestic worker was recently assaulted on her way to work because she was thought to be a sex worker. This violence is an urgent call to action.
We ask you to join us as in any of our organised event across South Africa, or host your own event in solidarity.
Kampala, Uganda

Pacific

Sydney, Australia
Event Website |  Facebook event
Join Scarlet Alliance, sex workers and sex worker organisations and projects around the world in commemorating International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Wednesday 17 December, 2014.
This day was created in to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Inaugurated by Dr Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, the first annual day was in 2003 and was held as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from over cities around the world to come together and organise against discrimination and remember victims of violence (from nswp.org).

Darwin, Northern Territories
5:30pm-8:00pm
Sex Worker Outreach Program in the Northern Territory in Australia is facilitating the gathering of local and visiting sex workers who are in  Darwin to gather on the evening of 17th December to have dinner together and reflect upon what this day day means to us as current and past sex workers> We will reflect on how hate crimes have affected us in our everyday life as workers and how violence against sex workers cannot be separated from oppressing laws that facilitate avenues for those hate crimes to flourish. We shall utilize this day together to draw strength to reflect and continue to fight for the decriminalization of sex work and to be treated with respect as workers who deserve also the same human rights as other workers and as people who are valuable to our societies all over the world we are the safer sex educators of this world. Today we remember all of our known and unknown workers who have been murdered at the hands of not just individuals but the states who allow unjust and counterproductive laws to facilitate hate against sex workers.