March 3rd, International Sex Workers’ Rights Day

From NSWP, “This day’s history goes back to 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place by pressuring the government to revoke their permit.  The event was organised by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group that has over 50,000 sex worker members, and members of their communities.  Sex worker groups across the world have subsequently celebrated 3rd March as an annual, international event, as International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.”

This year a pair of dancers came together and organized a fantastic benefit for a Portland (Oregon)-based sex worker group, Sex Worker’s Outreach Coalition (SWOC). The event was a blast for all who performed and attended! All proceeds went to SWOC and throughout the evening many people expressed how wonderful this was and that it should be done every year.

The team at Keep Safe Initiative celebrates these and all the activities that raise awareness about sex workers’ rights as human rights on this day and every day!

In Solidarity,

The Keep Safe Team

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
Pearl S. Buck

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