On Wed. 20th August, SWOP launched its independence. Here is the cake with which we celebrated the occasion with our guests. For more pics from the event, go to our Facebook page, and please see below for more information about our independence and what it might mean for you.
SWOP would also like to invite you, the community of sex workers, to attend our next launch and membership drive on Tuesday, 21st October. Follow us on social media for more information closer to the date, or just ring us on SWOPConnect (9206 2166). See you all then.
As of today, 1 July 2014, SWOP is now an independent sex worker health organisation. We have our own sex worker Board of Governance and a Constitution which you can read HERE.
"This is an exciting and historic moment for SWOP as an organisation, and indeed for sex workers all over the world, as it acknowledges the importance of peer education and the success of community-led responses to HIV. It marks the beginning of a new era,” said SWOP Chief Executive Officer Kylie Tattersall.
On this important occasion, please read SWOP's Media Release HERE. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming membership drive which will allow all NSW sex workers to be a part of SWOP.
SWOP’s mission is to improve the health of all sex workers in NSW through innovative, holistic and effective approaches to sexual health, and to improve the protection of our human rights.
The 2011 edition of "9 Lives: Surviving Sexual Assault in the Sex Industry" is now available for download and in booklet form at SWOP. Back in 1998, SWOP collaborated with a group of women working in the NSW sex industry, and named the resulting booklet '9 Lives' in reference to the saying that cats have 'nine lives'. Cats are thought to be resilient and always land on their feet. It is our hope that through reading this booklet, sex workers who may face the issue of sexual assault will draw upon the same skills, landing on their feet and supporting each other to do the same.
Sex work, running a sex industry business and being a sex worker are all legal in NSW—but only if they are done according to NSW laws and regulations. To find out more about these laws and regulations, download a copy of the Sex Industry Legal Kit or click 'read more' below.
The Legal kit. Download or get it emailed to you.