Happy International Sex Worker Rights Day!
March 3rd is a special day for sex workers across the globe – it’s International Sex Worker Rights Day! This day was established in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India to celebrate their rights. The festival was organized by the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a group based in Calcutta that advocates for the rights of sex workers. Since then, March 3rd has been recognized as a day to acknowledge and promote the rights of sex workers worldwide.
It’s important to remember that sex worker rights are human rights. Sex workers have the right to work in a safe and non-discriminatory environment, free from harassment and exploitation. Unfortunately, many sex workers are subjected to stigma, discrimination, and violence due to the criminalization of sex work. This is why the movement to advocate for sex worker rights is so crucial.
Sex worker rights are a global movement, and it’s important to recognize that liberation is not possible until all people have the right to work and live without fear of persecution. This movement is connected to other movements that advocate for social justice and equality, and it’s important to acknowledge the intersectionality of these struggles.
On International Sex Worker Rights Day, we invite everyone to celebrate with us and join in the fight for the rights of sex workers. One way to do this is by talking to the people in your life about sex worker rights and encouraging them to learn more. Refer them to our resource guides and The Oldest Profession Podcast so they can learn more. Tell them to sign up for this newsletter! Let’s keep growing our community and working towards the destigmatization and decriminalization of sex work.