International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

By Julie Schultz, December 6th, 2016 in

During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. We come together to remember all of those lost to violence, and to renew our commitment to the ongoing struggle for empowerment, visibility and the rights of all those in the sex industry. 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.   The stigma and discrimination and criminalization that makes violence against us acceptable must end. Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against our communities.

On December 16th PHAN joins sex workers, allies and advocates around the globe to recognize the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers with a workshop event to explore sex work communities in the Region of Peel, Vulnerabilities and ways to become a better ally.

Join the Peel HIV AIDS Network and Peel Sex Workers, Advocates, and Allies Network (PSWAAN) in helping to bring International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to the Region of Peel. The Peel Sex Workers, Allies and Advocates Network (PSWAAN) will be hosting an inaugural event to honour the occasion on December 16th at Chris Gibson Recreation Centre.

This 6 – hour day will include an illuminating lineup of presentations reflective of the diverse needs, vulnerabilities and realities of sex work communities. Highlights include a peer- led presentation on harm reduction, exploring various sex work communities and examining the role of advocacy in policy to reduce risks.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions upon confirmation of your attendance.

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