Sex Worker Freedom Festival
Sex Worker Freedom Festival 21-26 July 2012 : the alternative International AIDS Conference 2012 event for sex workers and allies
US government travel restrictions for sex workers mean that many of us 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 our allies to protest our exclusion and ensure the voices of those excluded are heard in Washington.
The festival programme will focus on freedoms that we are all 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 open on 2 April 2012 and close on 30 June 2012. Registration forms will be available on the NSWP website.
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.
For more information visit the NSWP site here.