Youth Coalition recently took part in jointly preparing a statement by 86 sex worker rights, women’s rights, and human rights organizations. It was written in response to UN Women’s call for submissions regarding UN Women’s policy on sex work.
The Statement calls on UN Women to meaningfully engage with a broad range of sex workers’ and women’s rights organizations in the policy development process. It focuses on five key recommendations for UN Women to consider in their policy development process:
- Develop the policy through a transparent and participatory process, engaging a diverse range of sex workers from the global South and North,
- Anchor the policy in human rights principles
- Distinguishing between sex work and trafficking
- Emphasize the importance of decriminalization and remove related punitive laws and policies
- Address all forms of violence against all sex workers
In addition, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects has started a petition calling on UN Women to engage in a meaningful consultation with sex workers in developing their policy on sex work and ensure their sex work policy respects, protects and fulfils the human rights of sex workers and recognises the agency and self-determination of sex workers.