Africa | Asia-Pacific | Canada | Europe | Latin America | United States
This year, events are taking place in over 60 cities around the world.
Events aim to raise outrage at violence against sex workers and strengthen sex worker communities and responses to the systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience.
Events include conferences in Seattle, Barcelona, and Ankara, marches and demonstrations in Skopje, Vancouver, Toulouse, Adelaide, Paris, Newark, Austin and San Antonio, a photo campaign of African sex workers, allies and human rights defenders, and candle-lit vigils in Minneapolis, Lautoka, Fiji, and Goldcoast, Australia.
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Anchorage, AK | CUSP – 3rd Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – Alaska
Date: Saturday, December 19 at 6 PM
Location: 225 E 5th Ave in Anchorage at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles
The Community United for Safety and Protection (CUSP) will host Alaska’s 3rd annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. There will be a showing of American Courtesans, an award winning intimate portrayal of modern American sex workers told in our own words. A community discussion and candlelight vigil to commemorate sex workers who’ve been murdered this year will follow.
Empowerment & Choice Panel Discussion
Tucson, AZ at Fluxx Studios, 442 E. 9th Street, Tucson, AZ
12/15/15 @ 4:30-6pm
Tucson sex workers talk about what it means to them to choose sex work as a profession. Panel discussion and poetry reading. The event is co-sponsored by SAAF (Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation), FORCE (Feminists organized to Resist, Creat, Empower), and SWOP Tucson.
IDTEVASW Vigil & Gathering
El Tiradito Shrine, 420 S. Main Ave, Tucson, AZ
12/17/15 @ 5:30 pmOn the 17th, we will be holding our traditional candlelight ritual/vigil at El Tiradito Shrine in downtown Tucson. We will read the names of each victim, say “We Remember You” after each name, and light a candle for each. The mesquite tree at the shrine will be decorated with origami cranes with the names of victims written inside. These cranes have been being made and collected over the last 10(?) years or so, and are sacred to us. Someone will sing a song acapella style, a poem will be read, and there will be a chance for people to come forth and speak if they wish. Afterwards, we usually have hot chocolate and brownies or go for Mexican food at the little restaurant next door.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Tangerine Film Screening for IDTEVASW
HIPS -906 H St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002
FIRST SCREENING: 3:00pm.
SECOND SCREENING: 6:00pm.
On this Thursday, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, HIPS will be hosting a DOUBLE SCREENING of Tangerine, a newly released film following the friendship of two sex workers in Los Angeles, Alexandra and Sin-Dee.
A hysterical and emotional Christmas film, shot entirely on an iPhone 5, is the perfect way to bring in your holidays and come together to support ending the violence against sex workers across the world.
We’ll have popcorn and other movie snacks, along with your favorite people–the HIPS community.
On this day, we honor and remember all sex workers, of all genders, of all nationalities, of all backgrounds, who have been harrassed, assaulted, brutalized, and murdered in whorephobic, racist, classist, misogynistic, and transphobic violence. We celebrate the resilience and power of these sex workers and fight to maintain their agency, choice, health, dignity, and rights.
International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers Public Demonstration
Oakland, CA at the Oakland Federal Court House 1301 Clay Street
Wednesday December 16th 11:30-1:00
Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project, a non profit advocating for sex workers rights, is organizing an action outside the Oakland, CA courthouse. Join us!
SWOP-Sacramento & Harm Reduction Services &
2ND Annual December 17th March, Vigil, and Christmas Survival Give-Away
12/17- 6PM-8PM | 6PM – Meet at Harm Reduction Services for free Dinner & Bundles Give-Away
7:30PM March Down Stockton Blvd to Honor Those Who are No Longer With Us
8PM – Vigil, Free Desert & Coffee @ 3647 40th Street.
San Francisco D17 Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
1349 Mission St. San Francisco, CA
December 17th 6-9pm
Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. As we approach this day, we come together to remember those lost this year and renew our commitment to the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers. Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers hasempowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence. Please join us for an evening of speakers, performances, and solidarity. If anyone has any names to add to the list of fallen sex workers, please let us know. Best way to communicate with SWOP Bay directly is to email [email protected]
12/17 from 7-10 PM
Denver International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers- Vigil and Speak-out
at the 6th Avenue United Church of Christ, 3250 E 6th Avenue Denver, CO
Thursday, December 17at 7:00pm in MST
Join Sex Workers Outreach Project Denver in remembering sex workers who have been survivors and victims of violence. We ask that you stand with us in the fight against criminalization, incarceration, oppression, assault, and murder of sex workers and those perceived as sex workers. It is now recognized internationally as a day to come together as sex workers, advocates, allies, friends and family, and call for an end to violence rooted in misogyny, racism, transphobia, colonialism, xenophobia and economic oppression. Let’s end the stigma HERE and NOW. The evening will include a vigil, presentation of the names and stories of victims in 2015, and a speak-out for sex workers and allies. Bring your poetry, words, or anything else you’d like to share in solidarity- but please keep in mind that space will be help for those most effected by violence and marginalization at this event. This a very heavy event, but SWOP Denver is also committed to bring warmth, levity and solidarity to all who attend. Please come if you can and show your support! And if you know any sex workers (or are one and know others) please be sure to hug them and tell them you love them on this and every single day.
Fort Lauderdale Dec 17th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
901 N Federal HWY, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
12/17/15 at 10am
On Dec 17th at 10am, join us in a 1 mile march to raise awareness in our community. We will meet in the parking lot of Sears with signs and big hearts, and walk one of Fort Lauderdale’s well-known strolls. This event is sex worker lead, but all allies are asked to participate as well. Sponsored by SWOP South Florida http://swopsofl.org [email protected]
Hollywood FL International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers Fundraiser!
600 S Dixie Hwy Hollywood, FL
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM – Friday, December 18, 2015 at 2:30 AM
Translatin@ Coalition Florida Chapter is holding a fundraiser. International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers. We don’t have any support from Federal or Private Organizations for the job we already provide. The funds we raise will be used to assist Creating Change Conference January 20-24, 2016 in Chicago-IL.
Mobilization for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2015 – Athens
Dec 19 candle light vigil – time & place TBA in Athens GA
This events page is for Mobilization and to list Actions, vigils and any events in Georgia to remember those who have died as a result of Violence while working in the sex trade. Though the actual day for International data in violence against sex workers is Dec 17th. This event page is for any events of the same week in Dec. IDEVASW events 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. ATHENS – Dec 19 candle light vigil – time & place TBA (so far at the Arch in downtown Ath)
Chicago IDTEVASW Ceremony
Jane Addams Hull House
Dec 17th 7-9:30pm
SWOP-Chicago is honored to present this year’s
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
to celebrate & honor the lives of sex workers loved & lost.
Join us at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Thursday, December 17th, 7:00pm-9:30pm for an evening of
Community, Candlelight Vigil, Speakers
Food, Music, Art, Honor & Love
Hamilton Center – 2160 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Thursday, December 17th from 7 PM – 9 PM
Please join us – and organizations around the globe – in honoring this day to acknowledge sex workers who have been lost to brutal violence. We will be screening of “ A Kiss for Gabriela”, followed by a panel discussion on criminalization, stigmatization and violence against sex workers. We will also have an interactive memorial altar for the sex workers murdered this year. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED.
Shreveport 2nd Annual SBC International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Shreveport, Louisiana – Caddo Parish Courthouse 501 Texas St.
Thursday, December 17at 7:00pm
DECEMBER 17th vigil and name reading
The Ynot Lot, 4 W. North Ave, Baltimore MD
12/17: 4 pm- 6 pm
Mobile Dec 17th Short Video Presentation
There will be a short video and sharing of names in a very eye catching, ear enticing way, featuring spoken word and other forms of expression of respect for our fallen family. If you would like for us to come to you with this presentation,
contact us via our website.
Detroit, Michigan | International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil
Location: Cass Community United Methodist Church 3901 Cass Ave, Detroit
Date: Thursday, December 17at 4 PM in EST
Join us for a time of remembrance as we think about those we have lost due to violence this year. This vigil will be loosely structured, with a message by Nocturnus Libertus , and time for sex workers to reflect on their experiences. Special attention will go to the past summer’s murders of Amber Monroe and other trans sex workers of color. This is a free event. There will be a free will offering. Donations will go towards helping to subsize the cost of travel for Nocturnus, the church for donating their space, and the Sex Worker Outreach Project. Please help spread the word! All are welcome. This is a safe space for sex workers and their familes (especially LGBT and workers of color). “Rescue” rhetoric will not be tolerated, and information about safety and stability resources will be available upon request.
Minneapolis Vigil for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
30 Main St se Minneapolis,MN 55401
In the spirit of remembrance and healing, the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-USA) and SWOP-Minneapolis wish to join sex worker allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. As we approach this day, 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… We are having a vigil by the river, with an alter to honor the lives we have lost this year in Minneapolis. Our city has experienced a great deal of grief recently and it is time we came together to heal and to build something stonger. It will be short and sweet but dress warm. Please bring anything you would like to add to the alter. Personal magic is the most powerful medicine…
Las Vegas Sex Worker Remembrance and Resilience
Thursday December 17th at 7pm
Please contact us if you would like to join us on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
We are hosting a private event with a focus on supporting each other this year. Thank you.
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Public Vigil & Community Dinner
Newark, NJ at City Hall 920 Broad Street Newark, NJ
Thursday December 17th 6-8:30pm
Please join the New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance (NJRUA) and the African-American Office of Gay Concerns (AAOGC) for New Jersey’s second honoring of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
We will gather in front of Newark City Hall (so dress warmly!) where we will remind policy makers of the violence that sex workers experience from first-hand accounts & read the annually compiled list of names from the Sex Worker’s Outreach Project. Proceeding this, we will move up the block to AAOGC’s office for a catered dinner and to decompress.
Please email us at [email protected] if there are any questions.
Albuquerque Dec 17th Vigil Walk
Thursday, December 17th – 6pm-8pm
Meet at PEP Office, 149 Jackson NE, then walk to Albuquerque Social Club, 4021 Central NE in Albuquerque
Contact: Sera Miles, [email protected], 505.260.1324 or Madeline O’Leery, [email protected], 505.255.9255 See you on December 17th!
New York City, NY | RedUP & Streetwise and Safe – #D17 call to action and a community healing event
Event Date: Thursday, December 17 from 7 PM
Event Location: Streetwise and Safe – 147 West 24th Street 4th Floor, New York
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers #D17 A call to action and a community healing event near the C/E/N/R/1/F and PATH trains. All Are Welcome | Wheelchair accessible with an elevator
Dia Internacional por el fin de la Violencia Contra los Sexo Servidores #D17 Una llamada de accion y un evento de sanacion comunitario Cerca de los trenes: C/E/1/N/R/F y PATH. Todos son bienvenidos | Espacio accesible Organized by the Red Umbrella Project & Streetwise and Safe (SAS)
Buffalo, NY | International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil, March and Panel Buffalo NY
Lafayette and Grant Street. Panel: 1239 Niagara City Buffalo (Sugar City)
January 9 – 2016: 1pm (Vigil/March) 2pm (Panel)
We will hold a vigil at the corner of Lafayette and Grant Street at 1pm then step off to march to Niagara Street and Breckenridge St to demand dignity, respect and safety for sex workers in our communities. We hope that you will then join us for a panel discussion after the march at 2pm to hear from Sex Workers and community providers on solutions to violence and oppression. Following the panel we will host an open-mic and speak out for folks to share their strength, stories and art.
We will have baked goods and ornaments available on a pay what you can model. All funds raised will be donated to Compass House, a resource center and shelter for homeless youth in Buffalo.
Portland IDTEVASW March & Walk
Portland, OR at the North Park Blocks
Thursday Dec 17th 4 pm
SWOP-PDX and SWOC invite you to join us in remembering the lives of Sex Workers who have lost their lives due to violence and to stand with us in committing to ending the violence that sex workers face.
We will be gathering in remembrance in the North Park Blocks at 4:00 on Dec 17th and will together walk to Pivot.
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, PHL
Love Park, 1599 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinated by the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee, PHL
December 17th 3-4PM
For further questions or concerns contact us @ [email protected] or call 267-970-1481.
Providence International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers- Community Event
Providence, RI at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center- (gallery and lounge) 26 Benevolent Street
Thursday, December 17at 6:00pm – 8:00pm in EST
Join Us Thursday December 17, 2015 at 7pm, for International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers
The Rhode Island chapter of Coyote joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. This is a free event, open to the public.
San Antonio International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers
San Antonio, Texas – Address and Exact Time To Be Determined
We will have a vigil to remember the ones we have lost this past year. Then we will discuss what we can do in our community to start breaking the chains that are binding us.
Thursday, December 17 at 7:00pm
Seattle IDTEVASW Event Series
SWOP-Seattle will be hosting a series of events in honor of Dec 17th in 2015:
Thursday 12/17 Vigil & Community Dinner in Pioneer Square
Friday 12/18 Community Health Fair
Saturday 12/19 “Stigma Kills” panel discussion
Sunday 12/20 Burlesque FUNdraiser for SWOP-Seattle
Please visit www.SWOP-Seattle.org for all of the event details
16 Days of Activism Campaign
Online Campaign – African Sex Workers’ Alliance
Nov 25-Dec 10
This year, the 16 Days Campaign will focus specifically on the relationship between militarism and the right to education in situations of violent conflict, in relative peace, and variety of education settings, while continuing to make the links with militarism, as an encompassing patriarchal system of discrimination and inequality based on our relationships to power. To this end, ASWA will be doing an online campaign of photo of African sex workers, activists and human rights defenders showing support to our campaign of ending violence against sex workers. Tied with this campaign is the build up to the December 17th International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers campaign marked globally to highlight injustices committed to sex workers. You can visit our Facebook page: African Sex Workers Alliance – ASWA or Twitter handle @AfricaSexWork to view the photos. You can also check out the #EndVASW or #Dec17 hashtag for more conversation and discussions on issues related to violence and sex work, especially in Africa.
Siskone – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 10th! (note the date!!!)
In South Africa we will be commemorating in different Providences and will keep you update with information of the places and venues where we will be meeting. Please see our facebook page for information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082096215157347/
Asia-Pacific Network of Sex Workers – Video Campaign
Members of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers [APNSW] speak out about the various forms of violence sex workers experience in their countries.
Violence by police is a major issue for many sex workers in the Asia Pacific region. From Nepal to Papua New Guinea to Fiji – problems with police, including arbitrary arrest, condoms as evidence, and physical and sexual violence, are major problems. In Myanmar and Malaysia, police often fail to respond appropriately when sex workers report crimes against them, but relations with police are dramatically different where sex work is decriminalised, such as in New Zealand. And in Vietnam and Australia, APNSW members speak about how laws and policies, as well as stigma and discrimination, are a form of violence in themselves because they increase the risks sex workers face and decrease sex workers access to justice and health care.
17/12/15 – 5PM
International day to end violence against sex workers – Adelaide
North Terrace, Rundle Street, CBD
December 17th 10am – 4pm
On the 17th Dec the Sex Industry Network (SIN) staff and volunteers will be dressing in red and heading into the city of Adelaide. We will be delivering information on IDEVSW’s to the general public. The flyer we will be handing out contains historic information on IDEVSW’s, statistics relating to violence experienced by sex workers, and a paragraph on the murder of a touring sex worker in Adelaide last new years eve.
Candlelight Vigil & Film Screening
4 Bay Street, Southport Gold Coast, Queensland
To commemorate Dec. 17, Respect Gold Coast will be holding a candlelight vigil to honour the sex workers from Australia and around the world whom we’ve lost this year. Following this there will be a screening of the film “A Kiss for Gabriela” about Brazilian sex worker activist Gabriela Leite. So come and join us at the office, 4 Bay Street, Southport from 12-4pm. The Respect Office is a peer-only space and this event is for sex workers only. Drinks & nibblies will be provided.
on International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers
122 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Perth
December 17 from 10:30 AM
Magenta will be having a morning tea in recognition of the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. We will have a Lawyer attending to answer any questions regarding your rights as a Sex Worker. Come along & join us for Coffee and Cake.
12/19 – 5:30-9:30PM | North Hobart, Tasmania
The Debbys will be screening 10 short films & clips with a focus on sex worker rights and sex worker voices. Rachel Wotton of the Scarlet Road will be the MC for the evening!
[email protected] or call 0451 835 897 for information & tickets
December 17 – 11:30 – 3:30pm
Event Location: City, State: Shopfront – Darwin City
Event Location: Address: Knuckey Street Darwin
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from countries, states, provinces and territories all over the world to come together to organise our strength as one movement advocating against stigma and discrimination, remembering our colleagues as sex workers who have passed away and also a time to reflect on work related violence. Northern Territory sex workers stand united with sex workers across the globe to advocate for a world that does not involve violence against us purely because we are sex workers. Violence is verbal, violence is physical, violence is hidden and violence is written in laws that criminalise us.
NT sex workers have written words of wisdom on canvas for people who pass by our pop up education stall in the heart of Darwin City to view. We are filling a vacant shopfront with a plethora of resources and candles to flame for passers-by to join in conversation and hear and see how to end violence against sex workers
The right to associate and organise; The right to be protected by the law; The right to be free from violence; The right to be free from discrimination; The right to privacy, and freedom from arbitrary interference; The right to health; The right to move and migrate; and The right to work and free choice of employment
Sex Workers are Respected as workers and as people, Sex work is decriminalised.
Sex Work is work – End Violence against sex workers
Link to Website with Event Information: http://www.scarletalliance.
Event Contact Email (will be private, unless you specify we can share it below): [email protected]
Lautoka Candle Lighting Ceremony
61 Ravouvou Street, 2015
Dec 17th 6-8pm
Will put together a shrine, observe a few minutes of silence, sex workers will each light a candle at the shrine
and then refreshments. Its an evening event.
Zi Teng will host a candlelight memorial with sex workers, to commemorate those who were killed in 2015. We will also release the number of complaints we collected from sex workers during 2015 about police abuses and other violence.
Contact Details: [T] 852.2332.7182 [E] [email protected]
Media contact: [email protected]
Date: 17th December 10-18:00
Location: Six States in India – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala & Telengana
National Network of Sex Workers (India); NNSW members are organising various initiatives to observe the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers; across 10-12 locations in six states of India (Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telegana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala).
Activities undertaken by the members include peace march, candle light vigils, meet the press, group discussions amongst sex workers to pay tribute to members who have faced violence and discuss strategies to advocate, organise interactions with local police and government bodies.
The demands of the National Network of Sex Workers across the cities and districts includes the following:
- Full Decriminalisation of Sex Workers in India. This includes removal of all laws that criminalise sex work and their families and their support systems.
- There is an urgent need to monitor the implementation of the ITPA across India, especially to prevent its application against adult consenting sex workers and their clients.
- Immediate measures need to be taken including guidelines for the district and state judicial officers by the Hon’ble Supreme Court that practices such as; detaining adult consenting sex workers for their rehabilitation, “handing over” adult consenting sex workers into the custody of family or guardians, passing orders require adult consenting sex workers to provide undertakings that they will give up sex work as a pre – condition to their release; must be stopped immediately.
- Complaints of illegal detention, abuse in detention or while in custody must be immediately registered and timely action must be taken against erring officers.
- Consent should be taken at the time the women were found. Rescuing as trafficked victims after years in sex work and sending to a correction home is a faulty and inhuman policy. Adult women should be treated as adults. Denying them consent is a violation of their human rights.
- Guidelines must be developed for law enforcement officers on handling arrests of sex workers, registering complaints of stigmatized people such as sex workers.
- These complaints must be dealt with a sensitive manner and within a prescribed time frame. Compliance of these guidelines must be regularly monitored.
- Further the confidentiality and privacy of sex workers approaching the law enforcement and judiciary for redress of cases of sexual assault, exploitation and violence.
- Police personnel and counselors must be trained on handling these cases with sensitivity.
- Strengthen National Human Rights Institutions to increase their accountability to respond to complaints of violence and rights violations by State actors and initiate suo moto action also.
List of participating members
- Maharashtra – VAMP, Muskan, Saheli Sangh
- Karnataka – KSWU, UKMO
- Tamil Nadu – Vadamalar Federation
- Kerala – KSNW
- Andhra Pradesh and Telegana – Me and My World
Wellington, New Zealand
NZPC Holiday Ho Down: Celebrating our community on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Thursday 17th December, 5.30pm
NZPC National Office | Level 4, 204 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington
This is a sex worker-centred event. Current and former sex workers, as well as friends and allies of sex workers welcome. December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a time to mark the struggles facing sex workers, and, as importantly, to salute our victories.
In this spirit, the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective invites sex workers and their friends to gather together for an evening of snacks, solidarity, and general festivity as we celebrate our resilience, our resistance, and our ability to paint the town red!
INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS
VANCOUVER, CANADA 148 W. HASTINGS ST.
Thursday Dec – Doors Open @10am, Memorial March @4pm
PACE is opening our doors and inviting the community to join us on Dec 17th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We have partnered with our sister organizations & allies to provide a day of community education on sex work. Speakers include: Kerry Porth, SWAN Vancouver, Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, FIRST Advocates and many more.
Peers Society & UVic Women’s Centre Red Umbrella Day March
12/17-5:30PM: Meet at the legislature, then march to Spirit Square,
7:00 PM: Speakers, performances, and open mic (Council Chambers at City Hall)
CANADA – NOVA SCOTIA
Stepping Stone – Demonstration
Thursday, December 17th, 2015 5:00PM
CANADA – ONTARIO
Potluck & Celebration of “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”
The Tower – 281 Cannon St. E, Hamilton, ON
Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Hosted by Big Susie’s
SWAN: Die-In to Recognize International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Carl Zehr Square, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, Canada
12/17, 12:45pm – 1:30pm
On Thursday, December 17th at exactly 1:00 pm in front of Kitchener City Hall, demonstrators will fall to the ground as if dead, to remember those who have been taken from us. It is our hope that a disruption of normal pedestrian activities will secure the attention of passers-by and draw attention to this issue. SWAN is an Intersectional Feminist Group and as such we would like to extend an invitation to ALL members of the tri-cities to come out and support the die-in. If you would like more information about how you can become involved please email SWAN at [email protected].
Maggie’s CELEBRATE THE STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE OF SEX WORKERS!!
Toronto, Ontario at the United Steelworkers Hall 25 Cecil Street,
12/17 – 7:30pm doors open, party start at 8pm!
With performances, speakers, an awesome raffle and a dance party starting around 10pm!
Proceeds to support justice for sex workers!
SWAG Action With Red Umbrella Display, Cookies & Information
St. George’s Square, 83 Wyndham St N, Guelph, ON
Thursday, December 17 at 11:00AM
In the spirit of remembrance and solidarity, the Sex Workers’ Action Group- Guelph Wellington will be in St. Georges Square on Thursday December 17th starting at 11:00 AM. SWAG committee members will be near the red umbrella display, ready to hand out cookies and share information with the community. We also invite folks to light a candle in memory of those they have lost, and those impacted by violence against sex workers.
POWER – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers | Ottawa, ON
Human Rights Monument, Elgin St, Ottowa
Thursday, December 17 at 6 PM
OSPEU Red Umbrella Vigil | Thunder Bay, ON
Event Location: 420 George St, Thunder Bay, ON
Event Date: 12/17 18:30-19:30
We will all be meeting at the Thunder Bay shelter house. We will light the candles, and open our umbrellas. We have quite a few of the red umbrellas but if you have your own please bring it with you only red though. We will be walking up Simpson street listening quietly to some of the songs provided on this web page. After two blocks we will head back towards Kam River Park entrance. Once we reach the park door way we will stand in a circle. Play the song in the arms of an angel and ask if anybody has anything they would wish to say. There will be refreshments for those who participate.
APA Qc – Journée Internationale de lutte contre les violences faites aux travailleus
Palais de justice 1 Notre-Dame est Montréal, QC
Thursday, December 17 from 4 PM – 5 PM
L’Action putes et allié-e-s du Québec (APAQ) invite you to the annual International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers on the 17th of December. The vigil will be held in front of the courthouse to denounce the criminalization of sex work and the systemic violence experienced by sex workers in Canada. To remind everyone that the struggle continues for the recognition and respect for our human rights.
Indeed, this year is the first anniversary of the establishment of sweeping anti-sex worker laws in Canada also know as “the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.” Through this action we want to send a clear message to 1) different levels of government who make decisions about our bodies, 2) to carceral feminists who oppress sex workers with the help of federal funding, 3) and clients and bosses who take the opportunity to exploit us through violent and unconstitutional laws. Those most concerned, sex workers and their allies, will again and always fight against this violence, contempt, criminalization, and discrimination to which we are subjected everyday. We also want to take a moment to remember our missing, murdered, and sexually assaulted sisters.
Projet L.U.N.E. – Dévoilement du rapport d’évaluation du Projet
expérimental d’hébergement d’urgence pour femmes désaffiliées
Thursday, December 17 at 1 PM
Tam Tam Café 421, boulevard Langelier, Quebec
As part of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, come to attend the presentation made by the pairs of caregivers-MOON Project, the results of the evaluation of experimental housing project that has took place from November 2014 to March 2015. Coffee and snacks will be offered on site.
Kindly RSVP via facebook, with Mylene at 418.641.0168 or by email at [email protected].
Discussion, Lancement et Réflection
Montréal, Québec 2065 rue Parthenais, Suite 404, Buzzer 48
17 décembre, 17h30-20h
17 décembre – La Journée Internationale pour mettre fin à la violence envers les travailleuses et travailleurs du sexe – a été lancée en 2003 par les travailleuses du sexe aux États-Unis, comme une façon d’honorer la vie des travailleuses(eurs) du sexe et attirer l’attention sur la violence subie globalement par les travailleuses du sexe à l’échelle mondiale. Ce jour-là, les travailleuses du sexe à travers le monde se sont mobilisées avec le symbole du parapluie rouge, un symbole de force et de solidarité et qui maintenant, représente les droits des travailleuses du sexe. Pour souligner le 20e anniversaire au Stella, nous voulons prendre un moment pour renouveler notre engagement à dénoncer la violence contre les travailleuses du sexe, par l’élaboration de stratégies avec nos alliées et d’autres travailleuses du sexe pour trouver des moyens de créer une solidarité plus forte et des mouvements plus visibles pour mettre fin à la violence contre les travailleuses du sexe : la violence des prédateurs, la violence de l’État , la violence de l’arrestation , la détention et les descentes policières et la violence provenant des autres communautés. Joignez-vous à nous pour une soirée de réflexion et de discussion sur notre communauté. Lancement de notre outil anti-violence : Stella en action juridique ! Réflexions et stratégies pour construire des mouvements anti-violence plus puissants Collations et rencontres avec des alliées et TDS Chez Stella , 2065 rue Parthenais , bureau 404 , 17h30-20h Discussions animés par : • Stella , l’amie de Maimie • Action Putes et Allié.es du Québec ( APAQ ) • Et d’autres… * Ces activités sont précédées par une vigile organisée par Action Putes et Allié.es du Québec ( APAQ ) qui aura lie dès 16h30 en face du Palais de Justice de Montréal
Pour plus d’informations contacter Jenn : [email protected] ou 514.285.1599
Journée internationale contre les violences faites aux Travailleuses du Sexe
Longueuil, QC | Emissaire – 17 décembre
Please see website for additional information.
Larnaca International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Larnaca, Cyprus – Spiti tou Ethelonti, Griva Digeni 1
Thursday, December 17at 8:00am in UTC+02
ROZKOŠ bez RIZIKA Happening: Issuing of Sex Workers ID’s on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Event Date: 17th December, 12:00-14:00
Event Location: Palackého náměstí (Prague Hyde Park), Prague 2
Bliss Without Risk will be issuing ID cards for sex workers. The event is taking place at „prague Hyde Park“ (Palackeho square), on December 17, 12 am to 2 pm. The event aims to highlight the absurdity of the proposal to regulate prostitution, which was introduced to the Chamber of Deputies and has not been decided yet. Despite criticism from Bliss Without Risk and other organizations, including that things such as identification cards for sex workers, registering sex workers, and compulsory medical examinations do not practically work in real conditions, the bill draft has remained unchained. Further, the draft is only minimally concerned with protecting the rights of persons providing paid sexual services and with their empowerment. This R-R happening is to join the Global Day Against Violence Against People in the Sex Industry, which takes place each year on the 17th of December. During the event, RR will also honor the memory of sex workers murdered in the Czech Republic. There will be a pleasurable coffee and anti-prejudice gingerbread served.
*****PS: Those of you interested in getting an ID card, please have a passport photo with you.*****
Event Contact: [email protected]
Paris rally in 19th place Jean Rostand 17H
Demonstration in Toulouse up to 18H Belfort
followed by the support of Blind Tiger evening from 20H!
Szexmunkások ellen elkövetett erőszak visszaszorításának világnapja – Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Esemény dátuma [Event Date]: csütörtök, december 17at 11:00
A rendezvény helyszíne [Event Location]: Nagyar Nők Szövetsége 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 124
The law allows for police harassment of sex workers. Frequently, when sex worker organizations report public officials abusing, humiliating, or lying to sex workers, these reports are rejected or ignored. On December 17th, we are giving a press conference where we will release new mapping project by Szexmunkások Érdekvédelmi Egyesülete (SZEXE), organizing a speakers’ panel, and also screening a short film. Among the speakers will be: ** Sárosi Peter, the leader of TASZ drug program, **Flower Kovats, an associate of the Alternatives Foundation, **Gabor Sarkozi, the Roma Press Centre staff member and **one of the sexy sex worker clients. The event is opened to the public and press is welcomed. Press Contact: Kinga Papp Reka 20-9912396.
Trieste, Italy | CDCP Onlus – Qualcosa di noi – Giornata contro la violenza sui/sulle sex Workers / Qualcosa di Noi
Date: 12.18.2015 9.00 PM
Location: Cinema dei Fabbri- via dei Fabbri, 2/a – Trieste (Italy)
Screening of the documentary entitled “Qualcosa di noi” about the meeting with Jana, a sex worker, preceded by the discussion with Jana, the main character, and Pia Covre, founder of CDCP Onlus.
Omonoia Square, Athens, Greece (And Thessaloniki)
December 17 – 16:00-21:00
[English Follows] Η 17η Δεκεμβρίου έχει οριστεί από το 2003 ως η Διεθνής Ημέρα κατά της βίας των εργαζομένων στο σεξ και αποτελεί μία ευκαιρία ενίσχυσης του δημόσιου διαλόγου για τα εγκλήματα μίσους που διαπράττονται σε βάρος τους και για την ανάγκη καταπολέμησης του κοινωνικού στίγματος και των διακρίσεων που βιώνουν. Οι εργαζόμενοι και οι εργαζόμενες στο σεξ αποτελούν και στην Ελλάδα μία ευάλωτη στον HIV κοινωνική ομάδα. Ο κοινωνικός αποκλεισμός και το στίγμα που τους ακολουθούν, απαιτούν στοχευμένες πρωτοβουλίες κοινωνικής ένταξης, ενίσχυσης του νομοθετικού πλαισίου για την προστασία τους και προαγωγής της πρόληψης και της τακτικής εξέτασης, πάντοτε με γνώμονα την προάσπιση των θεμελιωδών ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων, σε συνδυασμό με την προστασία της δημόσιας υγείας. Στην κατεύθυνση αυτή ο Σύλλογος Οροθετικών Ελλάδος «Θετική Φωνή» έχει διανείμει την τελευταία διετία ενημερωτικό υλικό και πάνω από 20.000 προφυλακτικά σε περίπου 4.000 εργαζόμενους στο σεξ κατά την εργασία στο δρόμο, στην Αθήνα και στη Θεσσαλονίκη.
Due to social exclusion and stigma, sex workers and people engaged in commercial sex are one of the groups most susceptible to HIV in Greece. Social exclusion and stigma, targeted efforts towards integration, strengthening the legal framework for their protection and promotion of voluntary prevention and testing activities is needed, driven by the imperative to defend fundimental human rights and the interests of public health.
To this end, the SereoPositive Association of Greece, “Positive Voice” has distributed information materials and more than 20,000 condoms to about 4,000 street-based sex workers in Athens and Thessaloniki over the last two years, and will be distributing information and condoms on Omonia Square on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers this year.
Skopje, Macedonia | STAR – МАРШ НА ЦРВЕНИОТ ЧАДОР [March of the Red Umbrellas]
веб-страница [Website]: https://www.facebook.com/events/1101809793163826
Датум на настан [Date]: 17 декември во 12:00 | December 17th, 12PM
Локација на настанот [Location]: ТРГНУВАЊЕ ОД ПРЕД “PLAY CAFE” НА УЛИЦА МАКЕДОНИЈА | Gather outside of “Play Cafe:” Macedonia Street, Skopje, Macedonia.
[English Below] Првиот колектив на сексуални работници Стар Стар од Скопје, годинава по осми пат се приклучува кон глобалната акција за солидарност кон сексуалните работници, во пресрет на Меѓународниот ден за СТОП на насилството врз сексуалните работници, 17-ти декември. Ова е Марш кој и пркоси на небезбедноста, а портрет на оние кои ги креираат судбините на сексуалните работници и живеат еден поинаков свет во своето Скопје, за разлика од “курвите” кои ја издржуваат грубоста на улиците. Црвениот чадор е глобален симбол на сексуалната работа. Црвената е боја на убавината, а чадорот штити од надворешни влијанија, лоши клиенти, макроа и слично. Ве молиме придружете им се на десетиците сексуални работници кои ќе го предводат овој марш. Поддржувачи на сексуалните работници, Ви испраќаме повик за солидарност! Дојдете да се спротивставиме на нула толеранцијата кон најстарата професија на светот! По тој повод, Ве повикуваме на 17-ти декември заедно да марширате со нас и заеднички да ги охрабриме сексуалните работници кои годинава повторно ќе застанат во првите редови и ќе го предводат маршот. ГЛАСНО ЗА СЕКСУАЛНИТЕ РАБОТНИЦИ!!!
For the eighth time, Skopje’s STAR joins global events on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This is a march of resistance which defies the insecure position of sex workers globally, and a portrait of those who dictate the marginalization of sex workers around the world. Red is the color of beauty and the umbrella proects us from external influences, bad clients, pimps, and the like. Please join the dozens of sex workers who lead the march. Sex work allies, we call for solidarity! Come resist the lack of tolerance for the oldest profession in the world. Equally, we encourage sex workers to again join–standing at the forefront and leading the march. SEX WORKER RIGHTS are HUMAN RIGHTS!
Amsterdam, Netherlands | PROUD Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Flyering
Proud Union for sexworkers in The Netherlands will be handing out Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers leaflets.
Learn more about PROUD at http://www.wijzijnproud.nl
PION – Pro-Senteret – 17. desember Internasjonal dag for å bekjempe vold mot sexarbeidere
Youngstorget 2 Oslo Norway
Each year, PION organizes and event where Pro Senteret releases a new report on sex workers experiences with violence as well as presentations on topics of violence, hate crime, police enforcement and ending violence. See website for up-to-date information about this year’s activities:
St. Petersburg, Russia | Video & Press Invitation
December 17 International Day of sex workers from violence and abuse. Those who care about this issue, we invite you on December 17 to visit us. The red umbrella is a symbol of the International Day for the Protection of sex workers from violence and abuse. International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is designed to draw public attention to the problems associated with cruelty and violence, which are often subjected to sex workers. This date is celebrated worldwide every year on December 17.
Phone for an appointment +7 911 928 85 31 Irina
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
As the Government is set to pass Section 20 of the Sexual Offenses Bill, which would criminalise the purchase of sex, we meet to remember those who suffer, and those who have died due to criminalization of sex work. It is not acceptable for the Government to pass a law to “send a message” to the world, regardless of evidence that shows the detrimental impact to safety and well-being for the workers. It is not acceptable for the Government to promote a stigma that makes sex workers further targets for violence. Join us in standing up against violence and and stigma and laws which increase the vulnerability of sex workers.
Geneva, Switzerland | ADTS – Memorial on the Grave of Grisélidis Royal
December 17th, 5PM | Cimetiere des Rois, Geneva
Un rassemblement est prévu sur la tombe de Grisélidis Royal à l’occasion de la jounée internationale contre les violences faites aux travailleuses et travailleurs du sexe. L’ADTS (association de défense des droits des travailleuses du sexe) vous donne rendez-vous le 17 décembre à 17h au cimetière des Rois.
A rally is planned at the grave of Grisélidis Royal on the occasion of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The rally is organized by ADTS (the Association Defending the Rights of Sex Workers)
Belgrade, Serbia | Sloboda Prava – Equal Rights Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Activities
December 17th -16:00
(Equal Rights) from Belgrade , Serbia, will organize a meeting in 16pm on the central Belgrade hot spot, we will be praying for one of our colleagues who is in coma. This years’ 17th December we face an increase of violence towards cis women sex workers on street hot spots as our community is faced with serial rapist and struggle to stop it. We are commemorating International day to end violence against sex workers without inviting journalists and government officials. We will invite supporters from other NGo’s and later have a red umbrella march towards drop in center where we will have a community meeting.
We are also planning to make a flyer with a message for 17th for general public, and making virtual graffiti with message for 17th December.
Bratislava, Slovakia | Odyseus – “Christmas Breakfast Under the Red Umbrella”
On December 17th, Odyseus will be holding “Christmas Breakfast Under the Red Umbrella” on December 17th and discussing the culmination of their project “End of Violence, Time for Rights.”
Contact Odyseus for more information! [T] +421 2 524 94 344 [E] [email protected]
The Feminist Conference: Alliances and Sex Work will take place in Barcelona December 16-17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers.
Lugar [location]: Centre de Cultura Contemporanea Barcelona, Montalegre, 5, Barcelona
Fecha [Date]: 16 y 17 de diciembre
The purpose of this Conference is to generate open discussion and allow deeper analysis into topics including how to build non-capitalist modes of sex work regulation, the role of feminist movements in supporting sex workers, and anti-trafficking discourse. The Conference is organized into two blocks: December 16 is open to the public and will have organized thematic discussions. / December 17th is limited to sex workers and allied feminists and will consist of breakout sessions. Please visit the conference website for the full program:
BEST OTEL KAVAKLIDERE | Atatürk Bulvarı No: 195 Kavaklıdere, ANKARA
On December 19, representatives of Transgender Europe (TGEYE), the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (IRCSE) and the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network of Sex Workers (SWAN) will come together to discuss their work combating violence against sex workers and the specific vulnerabilities of sex workers in their regions. Turkish sex workers, lawyers, and representatives of public institutions will discuss in detail violence against sex workers, barriers in access to justice and potential protection mechanisms.
Liverpool, Britain | Armistead Centre – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Date: December 17th
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust’s (LCH) Armistead Centre will be hosting a memorial service on Thursday 17th December to help mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The event will take place in Liverpool city centre and will bring together current and ex- sex workers, their friends, family members and supporters, alongside staff from Armistead and other local agencies, to help commemorate and remember the lives of women lost over the past years.
Based on Hanover Street, the Armistead Centre works closely with Merseyside Police and provides specialist health advice, evening outreach and advocacy services for the city’s female and male street sex workers. Over the years, the service has played an instrumental role in championing the introduction of a number of progressive policing policies in Merseyside, including the decision to treat violence against sex workers as a hate crime in 2006, and the introduction of Police Sex Work Liaison Officers in Merseyside.
Contacts: 0151 247 6560 or @ArmisteadCentre
London English Collective of Prostitutes – UK Première of 1975 Documentary:
Les prostituées de Lyon parlent (The prostitutes of Lyon speak)
Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London 12/17 – 6:30 PM
On the 40th anniversary of the church occupation and strike that launched today’s sex workers’ movement, and of the foundation of the English Collective of Prostitutes UK Première of 1975 Documentary: Les prostituées de Lyon parlent (The prostitutes of Lyon speak) Plus: Footage and interviews of the 1982 occupation of the Holy Cross Church in the red light area of King’s Cross, London, by the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP)
Free event ● All welcome!
Contact: English Collective of Prostitutes
020 7482 2496 ● [email protected] ●
Scotland Observes International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers
Kyiv, Ukraine | Discussion “Sex Work: You can not afford criminalization”
Visual Culture Research Center – Hlybochytska St, 44, 1st Fl
December, 18 at 19:00
This discussion is dedicated to explaining in a popular way what myths exist around the topic of sex-work and, building on the existing social science evidence, to debunking these myths. During the discussion, the panelists will explain what reasons push women to engage into sex-work and whether there is indeed an undeniable relation between trafficking and sex-work or whether it is better not to confuse these issues. The panelists will also touch upon the question of what regulatory practices exist in the world and which of them has proved to be the most successful. Is it possible to be a feminist and to argue for legalization of sex-work? Sex-work or prostitution? Can sex-work be a choice? During the discussion, the panelists together with an audience will attempt to find answers to these questions.
Kirovohrad, Ukraine | ВБО “Легалайф-Украина” – Флэшмоб
LegaLife – Flash Mob on Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Date: December 17, 2015 at 13:00 | 17 декабря 2015 года в 13.00
Location: Begins Kirovograd Central Bridge, ends at Heroes’ Square.
Шествие начинается в Кировограде – Заключает в площади Героев Майдана
On December 17th, we are organizing a Red Umbrella “Flash-Mob.” The idea of the action is to highlight the problem of violence against sex workers in our region, to attract attention, sympathy and public interest of the public, and most importantly to awaken the desire for each person’s dedication to fighting for their rights. We will take to the streets. Standing on both sidewalks along the Kirovograd central bridge, we will freeze and simultaneously open our red umbrellas. After standing in this position a few minutes (2-3 minutes), the participants will perform a theatrical production aimed at highlighting the problematic relationship between the police and sex workers. After that, we’ll continue to Heroes’ Square Maidan. After reaching Heroes’ Square, we’ll close our umbrellas and dissolve.