Monday, March 2, 2009

Mar 3: International Sex Workers' Rights Day

The 3rd of March is observed as the International Sex Workers’ Rights Day by various sex workers' rights organizations around the world, but especially in South Asia where it originated. Together with the 17th of December - The International Day to end Violence Against Sex Workers - which originated in the USA in 2003 as a memorial for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, it is one of two "days" that resonate within an international sex workers' rights movement.

The day originated in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India at a sex worker festival organized by the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (Meaning "Unstoppable Women's Synthesis Committee"), a Kolkata based sex worker group whose membership numbers upward of 60,000 sex workers and members from their communities.


Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee

Asia-Pacific Network of Sex Workers

Network of Sex Worker Projects