On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, ICRSE joined the 20th European Health Forum in Gastein, Austria and presented the need and demands of sex workers in regards to health. The panel ‘Nobody Left Behind: Improving access to healthcare for underserved people’ included spokespeople working with diverse marginalised communities such as prisoners, undocumented migrants, LGBT people, homeless and drug users.
Ms Anastacia Ryan, ICRSE Health Officer introduced to an audience of public health professionals and policy-makers from Europe the main obstacles to sex workers’ access to health including discrimination and criminalisation with examples from our region and presented briefly on the urgent need to roll-out the Sex Worker Implementation Tool in Europe.
At this workshop, ICRSE also launched its fifth and final Intersection Briefing Paper on Health, ‘Understanding Sex Workers’ Right to Health: Impact of Criminalisation of Violence’, which aims to educate sex workers, health professionals and policy makers on issues related to sex workers’ health. The Briefing Paper covers introduction to the Right to Health, Impact of Criminalisation and Violence on Sex Workers’ Health, Sex Work and Mental Health, Occupational Health and provides information on issues such as mandatory and forced testing.
To read more about the workshop, click here: http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-health/2017/10/06/nobody-left-behind-improving-health-of-marginalised-underserved-people/
To download ICRSE”s Briefing Paper on Sex Workers’ Right to Health, click on the cover below.
To download the printable version, click here.