Sex Work and Human Rights

Sex Worker Freedom Festival | IAC 2012

Watch this video to learn about the Alternative AIDS Conference in Kolkata

The Sex Worker Freedom Festival is an Official International AIDS Conference 2012 Hub. Supported by Open Society Foundation – Sexual Health and Rights Program, UNAIDS, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNFPA, HIVOS, AIDS Fonds and AIDS 2012 conference secretariat.

21 to 26 July 2012 | Swabhumi, Kolkata, India

US government travel restrictions for sex workers mean that many of them will not be able, or will not want to go to the IAC in Washington this year. The Sex Worker Freedom Festival is an alternative event for sex workers and their allies to protest their exclusion and ensure the voices of those excluded are heard in Washington.

The festival programme will focus on freedoms that everyone is entitled to

  • Freedom of movement and to migrate;
  • Freedom to access quality health services;
  • Freedom to work and choose occupation;
  • Freedom to associate and unionise;
  • Freedom to be protected by the law;
  • Freedom from abuse and violence; and
  • Freedom from stigma and discrimination.

Working with 9.5 hour time difference between Kolkata & Washington

Kolkata programming will start at 12.30 and run through to 22.30 to provide a 5 hour overlap with conference sessions and Global Village activities in Washington.  We will have video linking between Kolkata and Washington conference sessions and the Global Village.

Registration for the Sex Worker Freedom Festival will close on 30 June 2012.

Registration forms are available on the website of the Global Network Of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). Alternatively, you can click below and download the application form in the language of your choice.

Download the application form in English, 简体中文, Français, Русский, Español


3 responses

  1. Pingback: Update | Send me to India! | Fundraiser at 20%* « Research Project Korea

  2. If any Sex worker’s and/or sex worker activists are interested in being in the SWFF – Sex Worker Freedom Festival – Documentary Film and have your story and opinions heard internationally, please get in touch with us as soon as possible and we will be in touch! We need you!

    (We do not want the need for anonymity to be a barrier for you, if it is we can keep you as anonymous as you need, please get in touch, your thoughts are just as important)

    Sex Worker Films made by Sex Workers for the rights of Sex Workers. Have your say!

    June 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    • Thanks for your comment. I would like to re-post this on my project’s Facebook page, so could you reply with some additional details (incl. contact details)? Thank you.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm

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