2016 Campaign to End Violence Against SexWorkers

It is a sad reality that sex workers are often victims of violence and fatal attacks. 15181660_10211898232434554_3308209834202041975_nThis year, Basis Sex Work Project will again be marking the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Dec. 17th 2016, in the form of “#17daysofaction”, running from December 1st – 17th. We are raising funds to support women who have experienced violence and raising awareness in the community to prevent further violence against them.

Events for #17daysofaction

4th Dec,: 1 – 4pm: Raising funds with a Christmas Stall at Slung Low – Waterlane – Holbeck

9th Dec. 5:30 – 11:30 pm “The Art of a Profession” Exhibition with music- Hyde Park Book Club  – Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL

16th Dec: 7pm – 04:00  All-night  Drop – In! and Outreach -Basis Yorkshire Leeds (94 North Street)

How can you support us with the campaign?

Please come by the stall at SlungLow on the 4th, or drop off some xmas gifts for us to sell (before December 2nd!). Join us on December 9th for the exhibition entitled The Art of a Profession, to enjoy (or why not buy!) pieces of art created by umbrellastudents, sex workers and professionals, on their impressions of sex work.

Staff and volunteers are doing the All Night Outreach in the van, but we need your help in raising funds and practical support on the night to keep the van stocked up with sandwiches, cakes, safety alarms and condoms, ready to go! Staff and volunteers will be doing 2 hour shifts from 8pm til 4am, and we want to provide as much support of possible, in the form of food, condoms and hot drinks. Drop-in will also be open till midnight so please come by to drop off snacks or drinks, pack up condoms or otherwise help out by donating to our Campaign PageYou can also text BYSW17 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 to the campaign!

Various local businesses and organisations will be supporting our event with specific fundraisers, including The Reliance (Dec. 2 and 3) and the Greedy Pig (Dec. 1 – 17) – please pop in for dinner or coffee to show your support for the campaign! If you’d like to support us in any way by holding your own event please get in touch! The Brunswick next door will also be hosting the “Art of a Profession”  (if pieces remain after the launch) on the 17th December !

Social Media:

Support us with your own “red umbrella” pledge for the #17daysofaction” and share it on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow us on Twitter (@BasisSexWork and @BasisYorkshire) and Facebook (BasisYorkshire) for full updates!

Gemma Scire – CEO of Basis : “On Dec. 23 2015, Daria Pionko, a Polish sex worker, was murdered in Leeds which makes this year’s event a specifically poignant one for sex workers in Leeds and our staff and volunteers. This is also why we are advocating for decimalisation of sex work – as this would make sex work safer – as demonstrated so powerfully by the following video by this hard hitting video by the Make Mums Safer campaign: www.makemumsafer.com

With this campaign, we want to raise awareness of violence against sex workers, street and indoors and seek greater support for organisations like ourselves working to uphold the right of sex workers to work and live safely in Leeds. ”

Background to the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers (Dec. 17)

The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers and to remember those who have been murdered. It was originally created by The sex workers outreach project in the US  as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the “Green River Killer” in USA, convicted of the murders of 49 women and believed to have killed at least  71. 17th December has grown to be a global event, where sex workers, sex work support projects and their supporters come together in towns and cities around the world to remember victims of violence and reinforce the message that crimes against sex workers will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be brought to justice.  Please see http://www.december17.org/ if you would like to read more about the day.