A MESSAGE FROM OUR COORDINATORS
The world has changed a lot these past few years, and we are proud to say that the ICRSE – now ESWA – has changed with it. And not just on the surface. For us, 2021 has been all about action. Because it is not enough to say what has to change. We need to drive it, to model it, to be it.
About so much more than just a name, the move to become ESWA is about identity. Our identity. It is a reflection of who we are, the values we hold, and everything we set out to be. Because with this shift comes new leadership and a new strategic plan of action – one that will see us step up the fight for sex worker rights, and put even greater emphasis on the rights of women, LGBTI, migrant and racialised sex workers.
This move is reflected in the leadership and strategic direction we have chosen, the impact of which is clear to see. And as we launch new programmes in mental health and digital rights, we know that this is just the beginning. The energy is building. Our membership is strong. Our profile, partnerships and allies are growing, and as we turn the page on this new chapter the only way is up. Because ESWA doesn’t just represent the voice of sex workers. We are sex workers.
As diverse and dynamic as the groups we represent, together we are ready to step up the fight for sex worker rights. For that we must have courage, and we ask you to have it too. It takes strength to do things differently. To be open to new ideas and ways of working. But that’s exactly what’s needed. Because business as usual is not enough. The world is changing and together we can make sure the rights of sex workers change too.
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