Lyon international meeting of sex workers (31 May – 2 June)
STRASS (Strass Syndicat du travail sexuel), the Syndicate of Sex Workers in France, made a call for proposal for workshops for the international meeting of sex workers that will take place in Lyon between 31st of May and 2nd of June this year.
They are actively looking for suggestions from sex workers from all over the world, although many of these suggestions will probably come from European countries as a result of the established education systems and citizenship.
These meetings intend to address sex workers from all industries – their needs, the current socio-political environments in their own countries but also at a broader level, from the street level service providers to the adult film industry, webcam operators and everyone in between.
The workshop proposals will be the basis of the program of the meeting; you must share your ideas before April 30 at: [email protected] (the submission date has passed for these workshops, but ideas, proposals and justice seeking is as relevant as ever, even if your particular case is not going to be addressed this time).
“If we receive a high amount of proposals, we will do our best to select those that will complement most the programme”, said the organisers.
Giving the latest developments in terms of public understanding, stigma, abuse from police forces and other governmental bodies working against sex workers despite their claims of good intention and obviously refusing to acknowledge the ever growing body of information and research that reached consensus about many aspects of the sex work industry (which puts sex workers’ needs and realities first), such meetings can prove to be crucial for sex workers’ rights and safety in the new future.
If you are a sex worker yourself or run a sex work business – particularly in Europe, we’d say – please find the time to write to them about issues like denial of justice, nefarious experiences that you had to go through because of the legislators not doing enough (or precisely because they’re actively working against the public interest), ways which society should address your needs and how social stigma can be tackled, safety issues, education, public concern, health, gender, taxes etc.
There are so many things that need to be discussed and an incredible number of well educated sex workers who actually know which ways are proven to be more efficient than others at solving some, if not most, of this particularities.