Violence against sex workers

Violence against sex workers

Dec 14, 2022, 06:00 PM UTC - 08:00 PM UTC
We will talk about how stigma, victimization, political approaches and legislation influence how sex workers are subjected to violence
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Three days ahead of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers we are organising an online event dedicated to this very issue, in which we will talk with sex workers about how stigma, victimization, various political approaches and legislation influence how sex workers are subjected to all kinds of violence.

In the second section of the evening there will be a Q&A, in which our speakers will answer questions from the audience.

This event is part of the Volt Discussion Series, a funding programme to boost the visibility of topics that are underexposed or taboo. The feedback to our first event has been overwhelmingly positive, which is why we are planning to continue the series as a bimonthly event in 2023.

The speakers in this event are:

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Catherine Healy

Dame Catherine Healy is a former sex worker and co founder of NZPC: Aotearoa, New Zealand Sex Workers’ Collective which was formed in 1987, to advocate for the rights, safety, health, and well being of sex workers. She played a key role in advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work which was achieved in 2003 for NZ citizens. She is a co editor of Taking the Crime out of Sex Work: Sex workers fight for decriminalisation (Abel, Fitzgerald, Healy, Policy Press 2010) and continues to advocate for the inclusion of all sex workers in the framework of  decriminalisation locally and globally.

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Daria Oniér

Daria Oniér (44) is a sexual therapist from Stuttgart and has worked for 10 years as a sex worker. As an activist she is spokesperson for the Baden-Würtemberg chapter of the Berufsverband erotischer und sexueller Dienstleistungen (BesD e.V.) and campaigns against criminalisation models of sex work.

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Marjan Wijers

Marjan Wijers currently pursues a PhD at Essex University on human rights and sex workers’ rights. She is actively involved in Dutch policy making on sex work and one of the pioneers of the Dutch Foundation against Trafficking in Women, where she was closely involved in the development of the Dutch policies on trafficking as well as the negotiations on the UN Trafficking Protocol. She is a member of SekswerkExpertise, and co-founder of ICRSE  (now ESWA). Marjan holds an LL.M in law and a M.A. in social sciences.

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