“Empowering Sex Workers to Ensure Safety, Health and the Protection of Human Rights”
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 52nd Session
Parallel Event Sponsored by Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center & International Women’s Health Coalition
February 27, 2008 Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Church Center (Across the street from United Nations, 44th and 1st) Hardin Room (11th Fl.)
777 United Nations Plaza NY, NY 10017
As leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS and trafficking, sex workers are integral to educating their clients, their communities and the public about safe sex practices and to helping prevent forced sex work. Panelists will discuss how sex workers rights must be protected to ensure access to health, legal, educational and social services. Taking the Pledge, a short film about USAID funding restrictions in regards to sex workers, will also be shown.
For one week, starting next Monday, we'll be devoting a forum to that discussion of reducing harm to sex workers and ending human rights abuses involved in the movement of labor around the globe. This is not a debate on the legitimacy of sex work but rather an exploration of how to protect people's human rights. We've invited some of the smartest sex worker advocates we know -- representing a range of connections to the sex industry -- to talk about the intersection of these complicated issues (and also to talk about how to make them easier to discuss!). Here's how it'll work:
If you are *ahem* “of a certain age,” like me, one of your early musical experiences involved being assaulted by the seemingly endless airplay of a song by Rupert Holmes, called “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)“, a treacly romantic ballad in which a man, bored with his marriage, reads a personal ad by a woman who lays out her requirements for an adventurous, passionate lover:
- If you like Piña Coladas
- And getting caught in the rain
- If you’re not into yoga
- If you have half a brain
- If you’d like making love at midnight
- In the dunes on the Cape
- Then I’m the love that you’ve looked for
- Write to me and escape.
He goes to meet the woman in a seedy bar, and discovers her to be his wife; he’d never dreamed that she liked any of that stuff, and the passion in their marriage is reignited as they discover each other all over again.
Get an early start on the 5th Annual Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers by going over to Renegade Evolution's Livejournal blog and giving her some support, some love, and some compassion. Just don't give her one of those lectures about how this is what she should expect if she insists on being a sex worker.