by: Aurora Watson
December 17, 2019 will mark the 16th anniversary of the very first global vigil that was held to commemorate and honor the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle. This memorial was hosted by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the newly-formed Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA back in 2003, an event that inaugurated International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Since then, December 17 has helped unite sex workers, advocates, and allies around the world to show their support for one another, spread awareness of the stigma and violence that continues to exist, and promote equality, open-mindedness, and human rights.
“This event started out as a loud call for the recognition of sex workers’ human rights and dignity. We have made great strides in the past 16 years to bring the issues important to sex workers to the forefront, but we still have a long way to go,” said by Alex Corona, a SWOP-USA board member.
To honor International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Pornhub is donating $10,000 to SWOP-USA to help support their work in raising awareness of the issues that continue to cast a shadow over the community. We’ll also be altering our website logo on December 17 to include a red umbrella — the international symbol of the sex worker’s rights movement.
“It’s important to remember that sex workers’ rights are human rights and they deserve to be treated without prejudice,” said Blake White, VP, Pornhub. “The systematic discrimination against the community can be disheartening, but we remain dedicated to providing sex workers with the freedom to actively promote social and economic empowerment, equality, acceptance, and open-mindedness.”
Candlelight vigils, art installations, workshops, and marches will take place around the world on December 17 to show solidarity against discrimination and remember victims of violence.
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If you're looking for support or would like to take part in a local Sex Workers Outreach Project Chapter, please visit https://swopusa.org/.
For more information on events behind held around the world on December 17, click here.
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