Main directions of work
The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) is a network of civil society organizations and sex worker led groups and organizations engaged in advocating for the human rights of sex workers in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Currently SWAN represents 28 organisations in 18 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine. SWAN works at the regional and international level.
Our mission in the region is to unite sex worker advocates to create societies in Central-Eastern Europe and Central Asia where:
– sex work is depenalized and fully decriminalized,
– sex workers can live and work free from violence, stigma and discrimination,
– sex workers are empowered and actively engaged in issues that directly affect their lives and health.
Sex workers communities, allies, other NGOs and members of civil society, decision makers, governments.
18 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine.
The value for the Regional Platform-EECA project
Offer input to the Regional Platform by bringing in the perspectives of sex workers communities across the region, first hand experiences and knowledge on how to respond to punitive laws, discriminatory practices in the legal, social, health systems, and violence from state and non-state actors. Moreover, sex workers groups have witnessed throughout the years exclusion from decision making in matters most affecting them, and denied meaningful engagement in/with services and programs targeting sex workers. By facilitating the dissemination of information, we hope to work towards improving the access of sex workers to resources much needed to sustain responses to violence and advancement of sex workers rights.
SWAN Communication Officer communications@swannet. org
What issues can be addressed:
Sex workers rights
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Services for migrants and refugees from Ukraine – HIV/TB care with a focus on key populations
Due to the increasing flows of refugees from Ukraine because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EECA Regional Platform created a spreadsheet to fill contacts details of face-to-face and online services for refugees and migrants (with a focus on HIV/TB care and key population groups).
If you provide such services or know verified providers, please fill out the spreadsheet at your earliest convenience, and, please, update it as more verified information is available. These can be services for national citizens if they are also accessible to international migrants and refugees.
Regional Platform – EECA
This web-resource is a part of new regional communication and coordination project “Regional Civil Society and Community Support, Coordination and Communication Platform - EECA”, implemented by Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA).