1. Organising collective
The SWOUL organising collective is made up of sex workers, former sex workers and allies. Self organising of sex workers is one of our fundemental principles. The organising collective is not open to brothel and agency owners, managers, those who do not respect self organisation of sex workers or individuals who make a profit from the labour of sex workers , even if they are actual sex workers themselves.
We follow the guidelines set up by the Global Network of Sex worker projects ( NSWP ), which
1)recognise sex work as work,
2)oppose the criminalisation of sex work
3)support the self-organising and self-determination of sex workers.
By ‘sex workers’ we mean people who exchange their own sexual labour or performance for financial compensation.
2.1 General Aims
The aims of Sex Worker Open University London will be:
a) To bring together sex workers, human rights’ activists, academics, artists and allies;
b) To promote a better understanding of the complexities of sex work and the sex industries, educate the general public and empower sex workers by creating cultural events, academic debates, skill sharing workshops by and/or for sex workers;
d) To fight against the isolation, stigmatisation and criminalisation of sex workers;
e) To work with other sex workers, feminist and LGBT/queer organisations and projects in the Uk and around the world, to strengthen networks and collaborations and promote sex workers’ human and labour rights worldwide.
.a) Sex Worker Open University London aims to create an annual serie of events, titled Sex Worker Open University that will take place in several venues around London, in universities, community centres, galleries and in the streets.
b) Sex Worker Open University London aims to create an annual Sex worker Film Festival.
c) Sex Worker Open University aims to create regular events, weekly or monthly,such as Self Defence classes for sex workers and Red Umbrella Sessions which will include spoken word, performances and short films on sex workers’ rights.