The global Sex Workers Freedom Festival in Kolkata that started on July 22nd is going to wind up today. The festival is being jointly hosted by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (GNSWP) and the city-based Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) and All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW).
A demand for basic human rights and safe sex practices marked the ongoing global Sex Workers Freedom Festival in Kolkata, where around 550 representatives from 41 nations are taking part.
The sex workers were denied visas by the US government to participate in the XIX International AIDS Conference which began Sunday in Washington D.C. and has a live digital link with the Indian hub. Dwelling on the society’s refusal to recognise their calling, GNSWP president, Australian Andrew Hunter said it was “sheer hypocrisy” that the people who buy sex are the ones condemning it as a moral sin and denying the basic rights to sex workers.
“We need to be recognised as an individual, as a person. We are human beings after all.” In France, according to male sex worker Thierry Shaffhauser, “Sex work is considered a moral sin. We are denied basic rights like health, safety and travelling permits. It is killing us.”
Seconding Thierry, Khartini Slamah, a Malaysian transgender sex worker, said: “We do not want to be saved. We just want to be treated as equals. Sex work is work.” But the picture is somewhat rosy in New Zealand, where decriminalisation of sex work in 2003, has given them back their rights to a large extent.
Elaborating on this, Anna Pickering said: “If a client refuses to pay up the amount then we can go to a judge and take action against the client.” A far cry from this is Serbia, where sex work is illegal. Said Rada, a Serbian sex worker, “It is quite common for the police to arbitrarily imprison sex workers if they are found with condoms.”
[This news article was sourced from eHealth, International AIDS Conference 2012: The Demands]
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects exists to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male and transgender sex workers. It advocates for rights based health and social services, freedom from abuse and discrimination, and self determination for sex workers.
POLICY OFFICER – consultant/s or staff – 1 year We are seeking an experienced individual (or team) to develop a comprehensive member consultation process, and through implementing that process, draft a consensus policy statement on sex work, human rights and the law. The successful applicant will also be expected to work with the NSWP secretariat in developing briefing papers and other resources on sex work, human rights and the law that articulate the demands of members for use as advocacy tools at local, national, regional and global levels.
Applicants must have knowledge of both international human rights treaties and sex work legislation, understanding of legal frameworks affecting sex workers globally, experience of developing global consultation processes, excellent interpersonal skills, and experience of developing policy briefing papers for a diverse range of audiences.
POLICY OFFICER – consultant/s or staff – advocacy work funded until December 2015 We are seeking an experienced individual (or team) to support the Secretariat in policy analysis, developing policy briefing papers and advocacy campaigns in line with the annual priorities identified by the NSWP Board of Directors to challenge the current escalation of repressive policies and legislation that impact upon sex workers health and human rights. 2012 priorities identified as:
- Needs and rights of sex workers living with HIV – briefing paper and a toolkit for member organisations to support work with sex workers living with HIV
- The impact of Free Trade Agreements and Intellectual copyright of patents on sex workers access to treatment and affordable diagnostics – briefing paper and collaboration with global campaign by treatment activists.
- Testing and treatment policies – what is VCT for sex workers? The use of coercive and mandatory testing among sex workers! PPT and syndromic treatment – briefing paper and targeted campaign.
- Keeping global partnerships meaningful – ensuring the Global Fund remains open to communities and walking the talk with the UN. NSWP statement and briefing paper on meaningful participation and consultation.
- Raising the visibility and specific needs of male and transgender sex workers within the sex worker rights movement and beyond – briefing paper for NSWP members, MSM and transgender organisations and networks and policy makers - establishing thematic listservs for male and transgender (if wanted) sex workers
Applicants must have previous experience in policy analysis and drafting briefing papers, an understanding of issues affecting sex workers globally, experience of developing advocacy tools and campaigns, experience or willingness to learn how to add and manage content on Drupal website, and excellent interpersonal skills.
COMMUNICATIONS – Journal Editor (consultant) We are seeking an Editor to take on the NSWP bi-lingual journal Research for Sex Work which brings together community-led research from around the world – the theme for 2012 will be HIV and Sex Work and it will be published in English and Chinese. The editor will be responsible for identifying an Editorial Board for the journal, as well as a peer review panel for this edition; identifying an appropriate partner in Asia; managing the call and collection of papers; coordinate the selection of papers for publication and write an editorial; work with the graphic designer and translation team to manage the final production stage of the journal; and continue to develop the mailing list of recipients.
Applicants must have previous experience of editing a journal and implementing a peer review process, as well as an understanding of issues affecting sex workers globally, and excellent inter personal and writing skills.
OFFICE MANAGER – part-time staff post funded until December 2015 (22.5hrs per week) We are seeking a dynamic and conscientious individual to manage and implement the organisation’s administration systems including financial and membership management.
Applicants must have office management experience as well as experience in budgeting and preparation of reports to donors and management, understanding of UK company legislation and requirements, be competent in Microsoft Office and Sage accounting and payroll, have excellent written and oral communication, and experience or willingness to learn how to manage and update Drupal website membership profiles.
Note for International Applicants: NSWP, as a global member-based organisation, welcomes applications from people worldwide. However, as a small non-governmental organisation, we are not licensed as a sponsoring employer with the UK Borders Agency for international recruitment. Applicants should be aware that they may apply to work for NSWP as a consultant, working remotely from their country of residence OR as a staff member. If they apply for a staff post their employment in the UK is dependent upon them being able to obtain a work permit in the UK.
All applicants (consultants and staff) must complete the application form, making reference to the Term of Reference and professional experience required. Consultants should also identify in their application their experience of working remotely, their plan for coordinating their work with the NSWP Secretariat, and any benefits of the work being undertaken where they are based - this information will be considered and scored in the selection process.
Further details and application form from:
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, 27 April 2012 @ 24.00.
ALL INTERVIEWS WILL BE BY SKYPE OR TELECONFERENCE.
[This announcement was made by Ruth Morgan Thomas, of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.]