Congratulations to the global community of sex workers, congratulations to the leaders and activists of Ukraine on the International Sex Workers Pride Day!
Every year, on 14 September, we celebrate this day and, so to speak, sum up the results of the past year - we present our achievements, talk about the problems of the community and are proud of our achievements. The last 568 days have been the most terrible test for all Ukrainians - but they have made us stronger.
More than ever, we feel each other’s support and unity, which gives us the strength to overcome difficulties and continue our journey towards equal rights and opportunities.
This year we are one step closer to our main goal - decriminalisation of sex work. We hope that MPs will finally make a balanced and important decision for many Ukrainian citizens by voting for the draft law No. 9623, which aims to decriminalise consensual adult pornographic materials.
Speaking within platform WE-UKRAINE (МИ-УКРАЇНА), Natalia Isaieva (Ісаєва Наталя), Director of CO "LEGALIFE_UKRAINE", told us what is the purpose of the law on the decriminalization of pornographic content in Ukraine and why the next step should be decriminalisation of sex work in our country.
This year we prepared a 4-part series of GENDER MYTHS materials, because we believe that every person is free to choose their own future: to choose a profession and type of work, to choose a sexual partner, to choose whether or not to have children and with whom to raise them, to choose gender and be themselves - because this is the main thing for each of us and makes us happy.
This year, we conducted a series of studies on the impact of the war on the socio-economic situation of SWs and sex work in Ukraine, as well as on the acute needs of SWs:
This year, more than 1,000 sex workers in 12 regions of our country and the city of Kyiv affected by the war received assistance in the form of food and hygiene kits, baby food and medicines, travel kits and other essentials.
In the summer of 2023, in response to the tragedy that occurred as a result of the explosion of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station by Russian troops, a decision was made to provide emergency assistance to SWs living in the territories that primarily experienced the consequences of the disaster: a shortage of technical and drinking water and the threat of a complete shutdown of water supply .
We are grateful to our friends and partners for their support of sex workers in Ukraine: ActionAid, Global Fund for Women, SWAN, NSWP, Ukrainian Women’s Fund, International Renaissance Foundation, CO "100 PERCENT LIFE" and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.