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Protest at Kitchener City Hall to mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
City News Kitchener 17 December 2019 Protest at Kitchener City Hall to mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (Kitchener Today) Every December 17, sex workers and advocates come together—wearing red and carrying a red umbrella—to bring attention to the dangers in their line of work, and to call for greater justice. Sex…
Sexplanations: Ending Violence Against Sex Workers
The Community Edition 4 December 2019 Sex workers are members of our communities. Members deserve the right to be safe, valued and respected. The Sex Workers Action Network of Waterloo Region (SWAN) is a non-partisan group, including individuals with lived experience, agencies and groups committed to recognizing and honouring individuals working in sex work. I…
Window decals to identify ‘safe space’ for sex worker assistance
CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo 24 August 2017 The Sex Workers Action Network is developing red umbrella stickers to signify safe and supportive agencies A local network of support and service providers wants approved agencies to put small red umbrella stickers in their windows and doors as a symbol of safety to sex workers in the region.…
International Sex Workers’ Day Matters
The Community Edition 2 August 2017 On the 2017 International Sex Workers’ Day, SWAN held a “die-in” at Kitchener city hall. Those in attendance wore red in remembrance of sex workers who have been killed, face on-going violence, and continue to resist. At 3pm, those wearing red dropped to the ground and others placed the…
Media coverage of SWAN-commissioned report
The Record 12 June 2015 The report was commissioned by the Sex Workers’ Action Network, a local group that supports sex trade workers. It was presented by Ginette Lafrenière, associate professor of social work at Wilfrid Laurier University, at a Region of Waterloo Public Health meeting on Thursday to agency workers who support sex trade workers.