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ICRSE and members join 22nd International AIDS Conference, Amsterdam.

It is with great pleasure that ICRSE announces its activities and those of our members at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (IAC), Amsterdam, 23-27 July.

The International AIDS Conference can be quite intimidating, in particular if it is your first! You will find below an overview of ICRSE and its members' involvment at IAC 2018.

Visit NSWP for more info on the global sex workers' rights movement activities at IAC and follow #SexWorkersAtAIDS2018 on social media!

As of member of the Sex Worker Organising Committee along with NSWP, SWAN and PROUD and with the support of AIDSFONDS, ICRSE will be present daily at the Sex Worker Networking Zone, in the Global Village. The space will offer a series of events, workshops and performance open to all. Come and visit us! You can meet sex workers activists from around the world, obtain resources and badges and attend sessions led by sex workers. The full programme of the Sex Worker Networking Zone is available here. Don’t miss sessions by our members STRASS (France), PROUD (the Netherlands) and Legalife (Ukraine)!

Thierry Schaffauser, STRASS and Anna Kouroupou, Red Umbrella Athens will present on the situation faced by sex workers in France and Greece, alongside activists from India, Mexico, U.S and Cameroon during the Satellite session ‘Impact of Punitive Laws, Policies and Practices on Sex Workers' Vulnerability to HIV and Respect of their Human Rights’. The session, coordinated by the Sex Worker Organising Committee, requires a Conference pass and is taking place on Monday 23rd, 2.45-4.45, Hall 11B. More detail available here

 Shahnaz Islamova from Shakh Aiym, Kyrgyzstan, alongside sex workers activists from Guyana, Malawi, Australia and Kenya will present on the legal context regarding sex work in their country and examples of suucessful advocacy in challenging punitive laws, policies and practices to improve the respect, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of sex workers.  This Workshop, coordinated by the Sex Worker Organising Committee and is open to all and takes place in the Global Village session room 1. More detail available here.


Members of ICRSE will also be speaking at different panels and events:

Maxime Maes, ICRSE Board member and founding member of UTSOPI, Belgium will present on the needs of sex workers in the Symposium ‘Together, we can stop the virus’ focusing on successes and barriers in achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, in particular formargianlsied and criminalised gruops such as sex workers. The Symposium takes place Monday 23rd July 2018, 14:45 – 16:45, Room Elicium 2. [Pass required]. Full invitation here.

Kate Mc Grew, ICRSE Co-Convenor and Coordinator of SWAI, Ireland will discuss the impact of the criminalisation of clients in Ireland with HIV Ireland at the European Civil Society Forum booth. Tuesday 24, 15-16. More details here.

 Nataalia Isaieva, Legalife, Ukraine will present at Gilead’s Community Networking Event on the theme ‘Breaking barriers, building bridges 'looking at HIV epidemiology in key populations in EECA. The event will take place Thursday 26 July 2018, 19:30 – 21:30, Calla 2 & 3 rooms, Novotel Hotel, Europaboulevard 10, 1083 AD Amsterdam. Click here for more info.

ICRSE is also very proud to present two of the films developed in 2017 with our members Sloboda Prava, Serbia and Legalife, Ukraine and in collaboration with Rights Reporter Foundation, Hungary. These films are part of a wider project with 4 other sex workers’ organisations (France, Spain, Norway and Macedonia) and aim to challenge pre-conceptions and stereotypes faced by sex workers. ‘In blur’ (Serbia) will be shown on Tuesday, 24th, 8:30 – 10:00 at the EECA Regional Networking Zone, Pavilion 515 ActivEast, Global Village. ‘The job’ (Ukraine) will be shown on Thursday 26, 10.30-11.30.

ICRSE also encourage IAC participants to visit the EECA Networking Zone where our colleagues from SWAN, in partnership with several other EECA community networks will launch their campaign ‘Chase the virus not people.’

You are also invited to join us at the Human Rights March, Monday 23rd, 13-16 as well as the Sex Workers March, tuesday 24th, 18-20! Bring your red umbrella and banners!

Finally, Sex Workers Opera (and special guests!) will bring their award-winning show to Amsterdam (both in and out of the Conference). Don’t miss their last performances!

For any information regarding ICRSE and its members’ participation in International AIDS Conference, contact info [at] sexworkeurope [dot] org

If we have missed an event, please contact us and we will add it.



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