Glasgow Sex Worker Open University! Sex Worker’s Rights Festival
Glasgow – Scotland
5th- 10th of April 2013
SWOU has a renowned history of organising events for and by the sex worker community. From self-defence and IT classes, to film festivals, art shows and academic presentations; we aim to create alternative art and educational spaces to work towards community building and the strengthening of sex worker voices. This year, in partnership with SCOT-PEP, we are bringing SWOU to Scotland!
Scotland is one of the most recent countries to come under scrutiny over its sex work laws. This has led to an uprise of anti-sex work groups campaigning for the introduction of an “End Demand” approach to legal change. This event is extremely timely for us to stand together and say NO to further criminalisation of our work, including the criminalisation of our clients.
The festival aims to raise awareness of sex workers’ struggle for recognition of their labour and human rights, as well as building up a community of sex worker’s rights activists at the local, regional and international level.
SWOU’s Sex Workers’ Rights Festival will incorporate a variety of events, including presentations on different legal systems from sex workers and academics, erotic and professional skill sharing workshops, art shows, film nights and public education workshops. SWOU, as the organising collective, has decided to also create sex worker-only spaces where Taboo subjects, such as sex work and violence, sex work and money or sex work and addiction/mental health can be discussed.