human rights

Reaching out to sex workers

This article elaborates about the best ways to serve the reproductive health and other needs of sex workers. It argues that the human rights of sex workers are routinely violated and explains why projects with sex workers must go beyond public health orientated HIV prevention to include structural interventions that address human rights and law.

Public health and the human rights of sex workers

An article by Wolffers I and Van Beelen N. in The Lancet, 2003 Jun 7;361(9373):1981.

Prostitution, public health, and human-rights law

This article is by  Loff, B. Gaze, B. and Fairley, C. from The Lancet, Volume 356, Issue 9243, Pages 1764-1764.

Recognize sex work as legitimate work

sex worker rights demonstration

An article by Reynaga, E. in the HIV/AIDS Policy Law Review, 2008 Dec;13(2-3):97-8. It is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of Elena Reynaga's plenary address at the International AIDS Conference.

Redefining Prostitution as Sex Work on the International Agenda

The report disputes the identification of prostitution as a human rights violation akin to slavery which informs the 1949 Convention on the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The research reveals that rather than facing conditions of slavery, most men and women working as prostitutes are subjected to abuses which are similar in nature to those experienced by others working in low status jobs in the informal sector.

Violence against sex workers and HIV prevention.

An Information Bulletin, from WHO and the Global Coalition on Woman and AIDS, that explores the intersections between violence against sex workers and HIV prevention.

History

We formed our partnership in 2008. The idea for the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI) arose among activists, policy advocates and academics who were frustrated by the quality of information on sex work available. Although there are many excellent books, essays and studies about sex work – including several by sex workers – a great deal of scholarship on sex work is misguided and stigmatizing. Sex workers frequently complain that much of what is written about them reflects prejudices and myths rather than the reality of their lives.

Declaration of the rights of sex workers

This declaration was elaborated and endorsed by 120 sex workers and 80 allies from 30 countries at the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration in 2005 in Belgium.

World AIDS Day theme launched

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. According to a press release by the World AIDS Campaign the theme has been chosen to address the critical need to protect human rights and attain access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It also acts as a call to countries to remove laws that discriminate against people living with HIV, women and marginalized groups.

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