This year, on the 2nd of June, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the occupation of the church of St Nizier in Lyon, France. This historical event when 100s of prostitutes occupied a church to protest against police violence and corruption is regarded as the symbolical birth of the sex workers’ rights movement (although many protests and actions had taken place in the years and decades before that in many part of the world, many of them unrecorded and forgotten).
To mark this year, Sex Worker Open University is launching a poster competition with a 1st prize of £250. This competition is open to all: artists, students, graphic designers… The theme is : 40 years of sex workers’ activism!
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SWOU Conference 2015
Graeae Theatre, London, 5-6 November
SWOU will be holding a two-day, sex worker led London conference. Both days will free to attend, but the first day is for sex workers only.
The first day (November 5th) will only be open to current and former sex workers, and will be a space for private discussion and peer learning.
This second day (November 6th) is open to all and will feature talks from sex workers and allies with an interest in sex worker rights.
For more info on the conference, click here
We run a regular breakfast hang out for people to drop in and meet us. You can come for a cup of tea, or stay all morning and get to know us.
Breakfasts are currently running every Wednesday in East London.
Send an email to email@example.com or text 07757 469533 and mention 'breakfasts' to find the location.
We offer a confidential, listening space for people who are, or have been in the sex industry. We are entirely run and staffed by current or former sex workers. Whatever you want to talk about, whether that’s the response you got when you told a partner what you do, a recent (or long-ago) incident of sexual violence – regardless of if it occurred at work or not – or something someone said that made you feel odd or uncomfortable and you weren’t sure why, we’re here to listen to you and give you a safe space to talk.
Confideinfo.com for more.