This is a resource written by Bishakha Datta and sponsored by CASAM and CREA. The report documents a meeting entitled “Ain’t I A Woman? A Global Dialogue between the Sex Workers Rights Movement and the Stop Violence against Women Movement” from 12-14 March 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The report features the presentations from many great speakers including , Ruth Morgan Thomas, Anna-Louise Crago, Kaythi Win, Hua Sittipham Boonyapisomparn, Swapna Gayen and Meenakshi Kamble,Cheryl Overs and Meena Seshu
Through a process that was collaborative rather than confrontational, the dialogue explored the following issues:
- When and where does violence occur within adult sex work?
- Who are the perpetrators? How can such violence be prevented?
- How can global campaigns and interventions against violence on women expand their frameworks to include not just trafficked women, but also violence against women in sex work?
- What strategies and alliances can be built across movements to ensure that sex workers are seen to be as deserving of human rights as other constituencies?
- How can we ensure that the rights of sex workers – including the right to freedom from violence – are better protected globally?