Sexuality Policy Watch

London: Launch of the Global Sex Work Law Map

Tuesday 15 September 2015 16:00 to 18:00
Westminster Kingsway College, Soho Centre, Peter Street, London

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The interaction of law and poverty is a focus of the work on sex work of the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme of the Institute of Development Studies. As part of that work it has produced an online map of brief, accurate summaries of the laws and regulations that address female sex work across the world. We cordially invite you to the launch of this Global Sex Work Law Map.

The map will be introduced by Cheryl Overs, founder of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects who led its development and discussed by European and African sex worker rights advocates and the audience. The chairperson for the event is feminist sexuality activist Samantha Roddick.

About the map

The impact of law on sex workers’ rights claims for social and economic equality has increasingly come into focus in recent years as a wave of law reforms and campaigns and proposals for reform have triggered national and international debates.

Filling a clear gap in the available information about sex work, the map is intended to be useful to a wide audience of people concerned with sex work issues including those working on health and welfare programmes, policy analysts, researchers, activists, development agencies and journalists.

The map allows you to search of countries with similar legal approaches of particular regulatory frameworks that shape sex industries and influence sex workers’ lived experience. Users will also have an opportunity to help expand and improve the map over time.

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