By Chantelle Archambault, May 31st, 2018 in
This Saturday is International Sex Workers Day. International Sex Worker’s Day is celebrated annually on June 2nd to honour sex workers and to recognize the stigma and social determinants that impact their working conditions.
International Sex Workers Day has its roots in activism by sex workers. On June 2nd, 1975, approximately 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to protest their criminalised and exploitative living conditions. They went on strike for eight days, until the church was raided by police forces on June 10th. This action sparked a national movement, and the day marking the beginning of their strike is now celebrated around the world.
Today, in the spirit of International Sex Workers Day. PHAN is releasing its Peel Sex Workers Needs Assessment to amplify the voices of sex workers in the Region and ensure that they have the power to define their needs and interests for themselves.
You can access the full Sex Worker Needs Assessment here.