Montevideo Consensus Offers a Bold and Progressive Vision for Women and Youth

Signed by 38 countries, the Montevideo Consensus is the most forward-looking document on sexual and reproductive health and rights ever agreed to at any diplomatic negotiation.

The Reason I Left School: Children of Indian Sex Workers Speak

Last fall, when I took a trip to India, visited with SANGRAM in Sangli district and shot a lot of video, I got to see the beginnings of a video project that was giving people in the community the skills to produce their…

Department of State Releases 10th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report

This morning, the U.S. Department of State released its 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report), the most comprehensive annual report on trafficking in 177 countries. It’s a huge document (almost 400 pages!), full of facts, figures, and heartbreaking stories from trafficking survivors.

Video: Sex Workers' Rights Are Human Rights

Click to play Sixty-one years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of…

Rights, Not Rescue: Dutch Org Mama Cash Hosts Conversation about Sex Work

On November 10th, international women’s social change fund Mama Cash packed the house at the culture and politics center De Balie in Amsterdam for Rights, Not Rescue. The evening-long event about sex workers rights had an interesting selection of…

Indian Sex Workers and a Celebration of Sexual Diversity

As an Indian woman living in America, I have visited sex worker programs across seven states in India. Most of these visits were conducted through official roles within international NGOs, but a few were personal visits to see friends who lived in red light districts and brothels. These experiences, whether discussing the effectiveness of condom…

Decriminalizing Sex Work in South Africa

The Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), a sex worker support network based in South Africa, is getting good and active this month as they’re promoting a campaign to decriminalize prostitution in the country. A number of sex workers in Johannesburg have given…

African Sex Worker Conference Report Back

During the first week of February, sex workers in Africa got together for the first ever sex worker-organized conference on the continent. The Cape Town-based Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) was…

Indian Sex Workers Fight Penalization

After months of speculation and stress, sex workers rights advocates have reason to celebrate this International Sex Workers Rights Day. Last week, the Cabinet failed…