Sex Workers Celebrated the International Workers Day

Budapest, Hungary (PressExposure) May 01, 2015 -- On May 1, 2015 Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association marched in the streets of Ankara under the red umbrellas shouting "Fight Poverty, Not Sex Work". The meeting point of the demonstration was in front of the Ankara train station. The participants could find each other by red umbrellas they were holding. The allies joined the representatives of Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association there to support their struggle against sexism, homophobia/transphobia, and any other kind of discrimination and violence.

The march was very visible due to a number of red umbrellas. The participants were also holding banners and shouting several slogans, such as "Demolish the Parliament, build brothels!", "Do not police prostitution, respect the law!", "Prostitutes are here, where are the killers?" etc. During the demonstration, several politicians joined, and they took the photos together with participants. The demonstration had a positive feedback from the participants and observers, and it also had media attention.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sex workers activists of Association PROI marked May Day Protest in Sarajevo by taking photographs with red umbrella and sign "Sex work is work!" with statues of women and in the very famous cafe Tito in front of the sign 1st of May, Labour day. The most important action was leaving red umbrella with a sign "Sex work is work" at the most famous statue in Sarajevo, "Figure on a chair", representing the resistance to the war, which symbolically represented the resistance to discrimination towards sex workers on May Day.


For May Day Bulgarian sex workers organization Health and Social Development Foundation continued a campaign they did in the frame of INDOORS project 2013 and 2014. Within this project they produced a card targeting clients of sex workers and general population declaring that SEX WORK IS WORK. The Bulgarian outreach team distributed cards and initiated discussions with sex workers and their managers during outreach work between April 27 and April 30.


Red umbrellas joined the Solidarity March of all workers on 1st of May, in Skopje. The main demands of the march were further improvement of the social and material position of workers, enforcement of labour conditions and workers' rights, and elimination of inequality in the treatment of workers in the private and public sector.

About SWAN

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 human rights of the sex workers in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Press Release Submitted On: May 13, 2015 at 5:51 am
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