Basis Campaign 2017: 17 Days 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. This is the third year that the Basis Sex Work Project has run a campaign to raise awareness to support those women who have been victims of violence or at risk thereof.  Through ’17 Days of Action’ we’ll be hosting a series of events to mark the 17th of December 2018:  the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Events for #17 Days of Action 2018

  • Mon 3rd Dec (4-6pm): Launch of Exhibition w/ Skippko @ Floor 4 Gallery, Yorkshire House, Greek St. (5pm: Optional Allies’ Workshops)
  • Tues 4th Dec (12-2pm): Exhibition w/ Skippko @ Floor 4 Gallery, Yorkshire House, Greek St. (1pm: Optional Allies’ Workshop)
  • Wed 5th Dec (7-9:30pm): Film Screening of Princesas w/ LUU Fem Soc @ Baines Wing 2.14
  • Thu 6th Dec (12pm): History of Sex Work Talk w/ Dr. Kate Lister @ Leeds City Museum
  • Mon 10th Dec (12-2pm): Exhibition w/ Skippko @ Floor 4 Gallery, Yorkshire House, Greek St. (1pm: Optional Allies’ Workshop)
  • Wed 12th Dec (3-6pm): Exhibition w/ Skippko @ Floor 4 Gallery, Yorkshire House, Greek St. (5pm: Optional Allies’ Workshops)
  • Fri 14th Dec (8pm-4am): All-Night Outreach based @ Slung Low, 67-71 Bath Rd, LS11 9UA (8 – 12)
  • Mon 17th Dec: Red Umbrella Walk – Contact Basis for location and time

How can you support us with the campaign?

  • Stay updated by liking our Facebook Page and following us on Twitter (@basissexwork)
  • Attend & share information about our events either on social media or by downloading our  #17daysofaction Events Leaflet
  • Attend an Allies’ Workshop to learn how you can take action against Violence Against Sex workers
  • Post a picture of yourself with a red umbrella  #Dec17th #17DaysofAction #IDEVASW #EndSexWorkerViolence to raise awareness of the issue
  • Donate on our campaign page or text BSXW17 £5 to 70070

All-Night Outreach

On December 14th, our dedicated staff and volunteers will be running the outreach bus longer than usual ( 8pm – 4am) as a one-off: engaging with women, offering warm clothing , hot food and drinks to keep warm, as well as further support regarding reporting crimes, housing, substance abuse or anything else needed. We are looking for donations of warm clothes, hot food and drinks for the night – either to be delivered to the office or to Slung Low on the night.  Alternatively, you can also support us by donating to our campaign page here.

Our Drop-In is run Monday-Wednesday from 1pm-4pm every week and donations can be dropped off here.

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.