17 Dec 2020: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

It is a shocking and sad fact that sex working women are disproportionately more likely to be victims of violence. Many feel less able to report these crimes either due to fear of being judged or not being believed by the police or outed to friends and family  which in itself is one of the reasons why sex workers are more vulnerable to violence.  The derogatory language used against sex workers further legitimizes violence.

Background to the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

The Day was originally developed by the founder of the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA to make people aware of the “epidemic of violence” sex workers face. It began as a memorial for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle who murdered at least 71 women between 1982-1998, most of whom were sex workers. Since then it has grown to unite sex workers rights organisations and charities around the word to raise awareness of Violence Against Sex workers with the aim to address stigma and discrimination which can so often lead to violence.

Our 2020 Campaign:


This year we are asking for our supporters to make a pledge to stand against violence towards sex workers. Whatever your job or experiences, all of us have roles to play in making the world a safer place for sex workers. Samples pledges can be fond at the bottom of this page or feel free to make your own. We ask that you take a picture of you holding your pledge and share with us via posting on your social media channels and tagging us in or sending us your picture in an email so that we can post onto our own social media channels.

Hashtags: #IDEVASW #17Days

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Sample Pledges to download: 

Pledge template1  Pledge Template 2 Pledge Template 3 Pledge Template 4 Pledge Template 5 Pledge Template 6

Other ways to support: 

2020 has been a tough year for many  – but if you are able to, please  support the campaign by donating to the campaign on our #17dayofaction campaign page  or share our campaign with others.

Webinar- Exploring Key Questions Around Sex Work (Dec. 10th)

We will be hosting a webinar exploring key questions and challenging common misconceptions around consent, violence, the law and stigma that arise in relation to sex work. This event will be informed by our years working as allies and by crucial input that sex workers have shared with us in facilitated inclusion and participation sessions. This webinar is a space to work together to better understand how to be supportive allies in ending violence against sex workers. We ask that all who attend the event do so in this spirit of support and solidarity. For more info and to book, please visit our Eventbrite page

In-person memorial (SWARM)

For any sex workers that are interested in details about the in-person memorial on December 17th, please get in touch with SWARM North and/or let them know you plan to attend. If you are not on social media, please get in touch with us so we can help.

Leave a message on the NESWF Memorial Page

The North East Sex Work Forum have created a Memorial Page to remember all sex workers who have been lost to or experienced violence . Please send any messages of remembrance to info@neswf.co.uk or fill in the form on their ‘Contact us’ page to be included.